Math meeting art is always an interesting topic. Let creativity reign!

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UPDATE – I recently posted more info about this project, with a rubric and more examples, at this post.

One of my favorite math projects takes place during our unit on conic sections in Algebra II.  In the project, students are challenged to manipulate equations of conics and graph them using software to make pictures.  I started with this project 12 years ago when a colleague, who has since retired, introduced me to his ideas.  Back then, we used a DOS program which could only graph in black, cyan and magenta.  We were happy if we saw a tree made from a hyperbola and a parabola leaf line.

The project grew new wings with a program called Math Toolkit, which allowed for finer graphing and the ability to save work.  Later, we started using Print Screen to grab the graphs and move them into MS Paint.  The projects grew…

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  1. Desmos.com (@desmosinc) Says:

    Thanks for sharing @bobloch’s post! If you enjoy math and art please check out our homepage – http://www.desmos.com – it’s filled with graphs designed by our users. We’ve seen everything from space shuttles, puppies, mickey mouse, the statue of liberty and abstract designs created on our graphing calculator. Some of the more interesting designs are posted on our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/desmosinc

    Thanks again – stay in touch!
    -Team Desmos

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