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A "Sine" of the Times: Designing with Trigonometric Graphs

A "Sine" of the Times: Designing with Trigonometric Graphs

Synopsis

Students translate mathematical equations into works of art and reflect on their identity as mathematicians.

About

How do mathematical equations translate into physical form? What formulas are needed to create a work of art? Students in A "Sine" of the Times chose their inspiration, developed designs using oscillation graphs, and wrote reflections about how they learned to see math as well as themselves as mathematicians. With patterns as unique as their creators, this publication will inspire students and teachers to find creative applications for math in their own classrooms.

Curriculum Embedded Project

Struck by a line in a poem by the first ever US Children's Poet Laureate, Jack Prelutsky, an 11th grade teacher conceived of an innovative project that would engage her students in understanding and creating trigonometric graphs. This project introduced students to a way of learning that is far from something found in a standard textbook, and invited them to experiment with shape and color as well as to share reflections on their process.

Specifications

  • Author: NYC Lab Students 2007-08
  • Price: 22.95
  • Year of Publication: 2008
  • Binding: Paperback
  • # of pgs.: 55

Reviews

"This book shows the work of a group of 29 eleventh grade students. Each pattern is as unique as each student is unique. Each of these students has learned something new by doing. Hopefully, they will motivate other students and teachers to find creative applications for math. Enjoy their creations - hey, if you feel like it, try one of your own!"

Jan Hillsberg, Teacher, NYC Lab School