Art Integration: Roots of Unity & String Art

I talked with an art teacher this afternoon about ways to integrate art and math into a project. She had some great ideas, plus we came up with more ideas in the course of our discussion, many of which I plan to try for Algebra 2 or Precalculus (both which I teach this year, fall and spring respectively). Geeking out while discussing the intersection of math and art reminded me of this awesome collaboration and its result from a few years ago!

Our first idea (in terms of implementing soon) was some colorful string art crossed with a discussion of the roots of unity, since my students are (today) using and graphing complex numbers for the first time. Math teachers, art teachers, and any interested others, check out this rough draft of the project and let me know any thoughts and advice:

Roots of Unity Project

 

Colorful "string" art on the 17 th roots of unity

Colorful “string” art on the 17 th roots of unity

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2 responses to “Art Integration: Roots of Unity & String Art

  1. that’s truly breathtaking! I’m actually experimenting with something like this, to 3d print parametric space geometries using an affordable desktop 3d printer. Thanks for sharing your awesome works!

  2. Pingback: Roots of Unity Final Projects | Maryland Math Madness

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