Geekin' those Conic SectionsRead Now
What are conic sections? Conic sections are the elegant shapes that you get when you slice a cone in a straight line. Going back to the Greeks, mathematicians have gone to great lengths to study these shapes. We graph them, write equations for them (click for details), solve problems with them. For example, the lovely parabola can predict the path of a projectile (click for an example), and find the maximum profit in a business situation by modeling a cost revenue function (another example) . Keppler noticed that the planetary orbits were ellipses. The scientific applications are nearly endless and so much fun... but back to what brought us to this discussion...
Here are a couple more ways you can have fun with this math and art connection:
For visual folks, curve stitching is a fun and easy way to apply these ideas visually. You can draw curves or use string in cardstock or fabric (or even on a fence!) to create a nice project in an afternoon. Click here for a a nicely done overview and tutorial.
I hope you found something here that interested you, and I look forward to hearing about your adventures!