Tuesday, February 5 at 4:00pm
VanderWerf Hall, 102
27 Graves Place, Holland, MI 49423-3617
“Symmetry: A Mathematical Approach Using Group Theory and Linear Algebra” by David Reimann Ph. D, Mathematics and Computer Science Department, Albion College
Symmetric patterns are used in many situations to decorate an object with a repeating motif that is translated, rotated, or reflected without changing size. We will see examples of several symmetry types and look at these from the vantage point of group theory. In particular, we will study rosette patterns, frieze patterns, wallpaper patterns, and patterns on the sphere. We will then see how we can create all these pattern types with a unified framework based on the vectors and matrices of linear algebra.
Dr. Reimann will be building a Mathematical Art object between 2pm and 4pm in the VanderWerf Lobby and everyone is invited to stop by and see this Mathematical Art take shape.