Math + Making

A student blog for Math 189AH: Making Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College

Author: Jackson Salumbides

  • Making with Jackson

    Making with Jackson

    Throughout the semester, I learned a lot about applying math to fun and creative projects. I looked at several mathematical topics and tied them to unique projects across various different disciplines. Project 0 – Drawing Fractile in PIL For my first project we created a Mandelbrot Set Fractile Generator using Python. I learned about fractals,…

  • Wooden Shelves

    Wooden Shelves

    Creating hexagonal wooden shelves In this project, Jonathon, King, and Jackson worked on creating a geometric-driven wooden shelf. We were inspired by Sierpinski patterns and how equilateral triangles are being layered to recursively create more equilateral triangles. In formal terms, the Sierpinski Triangle is a fractal that is formed by removing equilateral triangles from a…

  • Pen-graphing Harmonographs

    Pen-graphing Harmonographs

    For this project, we wanted to create various harmonograph artworks. Our inspiration was the exhibit at the Wendell Museum: they had drawings that used several Lissajous curves and the golden ratio to draw non-living and living objects such a snail shell and a butterfly. For some context, a harmonograph is a mechanical apparatus that employs…

  • Creating a Tangram Set

    Creating a Tangram Set

    By Jackson, King, and Jon A Tangram set is a traditional Chinese 2D- puzzle consisting of seven flat pieces called tans, which are put together to form a square. The objective of the puzzle is to rearrange the tans into a particular shape (given only an outline or silhouette) using all seven pieces, which may…

  • Drawing Fractile in PIL

    Drawing Fractile in PIL

    By King and Jackson The fractile we will be focusing on is the mandelbrot set fractile. According to Wikipedia, The Mandelbrot set] is a “two-dimensional set with a relatively simple definition that exhibits great complexity, especially as it is magnified. The set is defined in the complex plane as the complex numbers c for which…

  • Preliminary ideas!

    Making Mathematics Blog