Author: Mehak Garg

Making Math with Mehak
In this past semester in Making Mathematics, I learned about numerous interesting mathematical topics I normally would not have had the chance to. Along the way, I also learned about a ton of tools that I was previously intimidated by like the band saw. I worked on five different projects all outlined below: Project 0A…

Musical Integer Sequences
For the final project, I wanted to do something with music and math. I listen to a lot of music in my free time and Nora’s second project on Fourier Transforms was really interesting. I decided to use the integer sequences from the Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences (OEIS) and try to transform the sounds…

Pengraphing 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 nonliving and living objects such a snail shell and a butterfly. For some context, a harmonograph is a mechanical apparatus that employs…

Creating a Burr Puzzle
For this project, I wanted to create Burr Puzzle using wood. The biggest creative deviation I took is using approximately half the thickness a traditional Burr puzzle would to scale down the puzzle. At first glance, a burr puzzle looks like a simple arrangement of wooden pieces, each with notches and slots. However, the goal…

flowers and bubbles !
we made surfaceminimizing bubbles and also added some more to our penrose tiling! Neither project had a huge learning curve, but it was fun to learn about a new math concept and do tactile things! first flowers Nora introduced me to the topic of Penrose tilings and I thought the math behind them was super…

Surface Minimizing Bubbles
We used soap bubbles to find minimal surface area shapes. These surfaces, given a closed shape, will span the shape using the least area. Using Zometool to make various shapes, we made some fascinating surfaces. Making Shapes Zometool is a plastic construction set that is often used for making mathematical structures. It is simple to…