Discovering Relationships Involving Baravelle Spirals

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When designing a mathematics capstone course for preservice teachers entitled 'Mathematical Patterns and Structures through Inquiry,” I wanted to include contexts in which mathematics provides the underlying structure for various visual and performing arts. The book Mathematical Quilts: No Sewing Required (Venters and Ellison 1999, p. 78) looks at a number of ways that mathematical concepts—such as the golden ratio, logarithmic spirals, Pythagorean triples, and Penrose tiles—are useful to know when designing various quilt patterns.

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Jeff Wanko,, is an assistant professor in the department of teacher education at Miami University in Oxford, OH 45056, where he teaches mathematics methods and content courses for preservice teachers. He is interested in number theory, geometry, puzzles, and the history of mathematics.

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