WALLPAPER PATTERNS: analysis and exploration

A studio workshop for high-school and middle-school teachers

1 & 2 July 2010 (Thursday & Friday)  9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Yana Mohanty,San Diego Math Circle and Peter Doyle,
Dartmouth College
  Hosted by the Long Beach Project in Geometry and Symmetry

  Mathematics Department

Wallpaper patterns, or tilings, is a delightful mathematical subject with broad appeal. While the beauty of the patterns can be appreciated by a young child, the deeper analysis branches into far-reaching mathematical theorems. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about wallpaper patterns through the means of analysis as well as exploration. Participants will enhance their appreciation and understanding of wallpaper patterns by building them using physical models. At the same time, they will learn to classify wallpaper patterns using examples from a variety of sources. One of the goals of the workshop is to foster a point of view that geometry is a way of analyzing and classifying everyday objects around us. Such a point of view, when brought into a high-school or middle-school classroom, may change the students' perceptions of mathematics for the better.

Enrollment is limited to 15 participants. Preference will be given to high-school or middle school teachers (in-service or pre-service) with an expressed interest in exploratory learning. Stipends available: $100 a day.