Thurs Dec 7 – SHOWCASE

December 6, 2017 mathgrrl

Today we meet in Roop Hall, room 103, for our final project showcase. Be there at 9:30 or earlier to set up, and make sure you have all your prints and materials with you. If you happen to want cake for breakfast, we’ll have that […]

Tues Dec 5 – Presentation Runthroughs

December 5, 2017 mathgrrl

Today you’ll all do a practice run of your presentations. Get set up and ready for me to come by and see a practice run. FYI, here’s the email I sent to the math department faculty/staff/students: On this Thursday morning from 9:45-10:45am, my MATH 103 […]

Thurs Nov 30 – Presentation Preparations

November 30, 2017 mathgrrl

Today’s quiz: Do you have your First Fractal, Tinkercad Fractal, and Carpet Fractal prints? Record it on the sheet that will be passed around, then give your prints to the corresponding groups (you’ll get them back next week). Keep working on presentations: Dragon Curve, Fractal […]

Tues Nov 28 – Logistics

November 28, 2017 mathgrrl

Welcome back! Today we’ll handle various administrative/grading issues, and start planning for final presentations next week. First: Grades and Revisions Hand out individual grade estimates In Open Project groups: Hand back grades, discuss revisions Stand up and meet in Tinkercad Fractal groups: Hand back grades, […]

Thurs Nov 16 – Dimension

November 16, 2017 mathgrrl

First: Print stuff Anything need reprinting? If you can’t get the raft off, accidentally printed with a brim that is now stuck all around your fractal, or if a print doesn’t look great for some other reason, then print it again. Use the Ultimakers. If […]

Thurs Nov 9 – Surface Area

November 9, 2017 mathgrrl

First: Print some grids Create, export, slice, and print grids for Level 2 and Level 3 using the file gridlines.scad in the 3SPACE SHARE folder Second: Quizzes Print check:  Each person should have at least one print of their Fractal Carpet at the start of […]

Tues Nov 7 – OpenSCAD fractals

November 7, 2017 mathgrrl

// Roundup // By this point you should be completely done with your Open Project and everything about its documentation and blog post. We’re now moving on to an invididual project where each student must make their own design. Ech of you should have already […]

Tues Oct 31 – Presentations Continue

October 31, 2017 mathgrrl

Class will start with a brief quiz on the infinite geometric series calculations you did for homework. Then, on to more excellent presentations! Homework for next time: Thingiverse and Tinkercad (or other design software) links to your projects. See the Assignments page.

Tues Oct 24 – Open Project Checklist

October 24, 2017 mathgrrl

Time to wrap up the Open Projects! Here is a checklist for you to follow so that you can make sure you have all the right elements in your blog post and your presentation. Organization Does your post have the correct organization by sections? See […]

Thurs Oct 19 – Math Stories

October 19, 2017 mathgrrl

As you work on your projects today, focus on this: What’s your math story? Remember that “math” doesn’t necessarily mean an equation or a calculation; it might be a description of the geometric properties of a mathematical object, why or how it is studied, what […]

Tues Oct 17 – Open Projects Continue

October 17, 2017 mathgrrl

So… our current plan is to work today, be ready to start sending final prints and doing final edits on Thursday, and then begin presentations in one week, on Tuesday. QUESTION: How are you doing? Will starting presentations on Tuesday be okay, or would you […]

Thurs Oct 12 – Print, Math, Write

October 12, 2017 mathgrrl

// Print Stuff // Drafts: If you have something to print for your Open Project, obviously do that before anything else. Reprints: Some of you had First Fractals that were messed up a bit by rafts, or could have been printed larger to look better. […]

Tues Oct 10 – Continue Open Projects

October 10, 2017 mathgrrl

// Roundup // Has everyone completed their group ratings for the previous project? // Today // Every group tell me their progress since the last class (should be in your “First Steps” section) Continue working on your Open Projects and asking about the mathematical parts […]

Thurs Oct 5 – Begin Open Projects

October 5, 2017 mathgrrl

Not much to say today except “let’s go!” Ground rules for the Open Projects Your goal is to find something to design and 3D print, and then talk about the math related to that object. You must design the object from scratch in Tinkercad or […]

Tues Oct 3 – Open Project Pitches

October 3, 2017 mathgrrl

For the last week you’ve been thinking about what you might want to investigate from the Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension book. Time for pitches and forming groups! // Ground rules // You must have different group members than last time […]

Tues Sept 26 – Presentations & Math

September 26, 2017 mathgrrl

// Roundup // According to the Assignments page, by today’s class your Tinkercad Fractal post should be completed, with all formatting and content in line with the assignment guidelines. This week we’ll have final presentations for this project, and work on shoring up the math […]

Thurs Sept 21 – Fractal dimension

September 21, 2017 mathgrrl

Today we’ll work on finishing up the math for your blog posts; here’s the rundown: Quick reading quiz Help with length/area/volume calculations and fractal post (see my comments) Fractal dimension with the 3Blue1Brown fractal dimension video We’ll review some of what we watched last time (starting […]

Tues Sept 19 – Iterate, Calculate

September 19, 2017 mathgrrl

// Roundup // According to the Assignments page, by today’s class you should have fixed any issues with your Tinkercad Fractal blog post, and added a new section documenting your first draft 3D print. // Today in class // If you have prints to send […]

Thurs Sept 14 – Is it fractal?

September 14, 2017 mathgrrl

Today we’ll continue with the Tinkercad Fractals project, and iterate on your first draft designs. If your designs are well-defined fractals then you’ll print them in class; if not then you’ll redo them and print after class. Discuss the following with your group members: Is […]

Tues Sept 12 – Tinkercad Fractals

September 12, 2017 mathgrrl

// Roundup // According to the Assignments page, by this morning you should have read the first part of the Fractals book and added a section to your First Fractals blog post about your printed fractal. The few of you who have not yet printed […]

Thurs Sept 7 – Still Printing Fractals

September 7, 2017 mathgrrl

Today in class we’ll continue where we left off on Tuesday, which means that we’ll be 3D printing the remaining First Fractals and discussing the corresponding blog post writeups. Maybe if we have time we’ll watch this video to get a quick overview of how the […]

Tues Sept 5 – Printing Fractals

September 5, 2017 mathgrrl

// Roundup // According to the Assignments list, by class time today you should all be done with your Hello and First Fractal blog posts. Last week we talked about the Dragon Curve; if you missed any of that discussion then read last week’s Timeline posts […]

Thurs Aug 31 – What is a fractal?

August 31, 2017 mathgrrl

Today in class we will talk about the Dragon Curve, what makes it a fractal, and three different ways that it can be constructed. We’ll also print some extra copies so we can make a huge model out of them later. Although we’ll still be […]

First Day – Dragon Curves

August 22, 2017 mathgrrl

Our first-day 3D print will be the Dragon Curve by UMF3D on Thingiverse, from the University of Maine at Farmington: This is actually only the “seventh iteration” of the fractal known as the Dragon Curve; like many fractals, the true Dragon Curve is the result of […]

First Day – Accounts

August 21, 2017 mathgrrl

Hello and welcome to MATH 103! There are four online services that we will use regularly in this class: Google, WordPress, Thingiverse, and Tinkercad. This post will help you create accounts for all of these services. Whenever you log into an account in the 3SPACE […]