MAA minicourse offered by George Baloglou at the January 2003 Baltimore meetings

(Thursday 1/16/03 1-3 PM and Saturday 1/18/03 1-3 PM)

We offer an elementary, strictly geometrical approach to wallpaper patterns. Two-colored patterns provide opportunities for both mathematical exploration and artistic creativity, while compositions of isometries are investigated in the context of multi-colored tilings. This low-tech minicourse parallels a general education course developed at SUNY Oswego over the last ten years. Participants will actually go through the group-work labs that introduce new topics in class and will receive additional materials sufficient for creating a similar course elsewhere.