Monday, January 25, 2016

Project Origami: activities for exploring mathematics

While at HCSSiM, I took a class on the mathematics of origami from Tom Hull.  It was an awesome experience, and even now I always have a few memo cubes lying around for when I get the urge to make something.  Origami is one of the topics I like to pull out for math circle sessions, but if I was relying only on my memory and notes from that summer, it would be nearly impossible.  Luckily, we have the internet, and I found out about Tom's book Project Origami: Activities for Exploring Mathematics.

It presents 30 great origami activities, complete with handouts (which are available here), solutions, and instructor's guides.  All of the material would be a great fit for a high school math circle, and some of the activities would be accessible to middle schoolers too.  Most involve concepts from college-level math and so also have a place in courses like calculus, number theory, discrete math, abstract algebra, and topology.  That's one of the things I love about origami - it draws from so many areas of math!

I highly recommend this book, as it's been of my favorite resources throughout the years.  I especially like:
  • Folding a Parabola
  • Can Origami Trisect an Angle?
  • Solving Cubic Equations
  • Making Origami Buckyballs
  • Making Origami Tori

My Amazon affiliate link to it is here.

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