We’ve had a ton of fun in the last couple of weeks with Ann Weltman’s loop-de-loop ideas:
Here are two of the projects that we did:
Last night we stopped at a Barnes & Noble after dinner and I found a book that Evelyn Lamb had written about last month:
Here’s Evelyn Lamb’s piece:
The book is absolutely wonderful and has so many cool examples. I’d hoped it would be easy to make some of the graphs in the book using Mathematica, and after a little documentation reading to kick off some rust, it wasn’t too hard:
At least visually the curves you can make from the idea in Farris’s book remind me of the loop-de-loops. I don’t really think it will be that productive to talk in detail with the boys about exponentials and graphing in the complex plane, but I do think they will like seeing the pictures and talking about them. I’m excited to show them some of the ideas from the book tomorrow morning.