Welcome! If you're looking at this web page, then you're either registered for or planning/thinking of registering for the class MAMT 574 Origami in Mathematics and Education for the Winter 2019 term at Western New England University. Here you will find some brief information about the course. More details will be provided in the course syllabus. Please feel free to EMAIL ME if you have any questions! Textbook: None. However, I will be handing out occasional readings, and much of what we do will follow things in the book Project Origami: Activities for Exploring Mathematics, 2nd edition by Thomas Hull, A K Peters, 2012. But buying that book is NOT necessary for the course. Meeting times: Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00  5:50pm, Jan. 14  March 25, 2019. Classroom: Herman Hall room 304. Instructor: Tom Hull, Associate Professor of Mathematics, WNE. Office: Herman 308G Description: Origami, the art of paper folding, has strong connections with mathematics. The process of folding paper can be explored and modeled with geometry, algebra, number theory, combinatorics, graph theory, calculus, linear algebra, and many other branches of math. This makes origami a perfect medium by which math teachers of all levels can infuse handson, fun, paper folding explorations into their classes. In this course we will examine the many ways in which origami can be studied mathematically, giving us a chance to see how many different branches in math can come together around one subject. We will also pay special attention how such origami projects can be used in middleschool and highschool math classes. This will be a very handson class, with many opportunities for participants to fold things for themselves and prove the math behind the folds. 3 cr. (CORE) Paper: The instructor will provide origami paper to everyone (funded from an NSF grant) for folding during class and for some homework assignments. However, you may choose to purchase more paper on your own. Good paper to use in this class is: A box of 500 sheets of square memo cube paper (cost: about $3 at any Staples) and 6 inch origami paper (cost: about $6 at any Michael's or art supply store). But do not go buying paper until you receive the free paper the instructor will provide. After that you may decide to go crazy if you like. Topics covered: As the course description states, we will be using many different brances of math in this course. Since everyone has different backgrounds, this will require reviewing some basic material inclass. However, the subjects we will be making the most use of will be the following:
Grading: Your grade for the class will be determined by the following:
About Folding: There will be a fair amount of paper folding done in class and sometimes for homework. Please do NOT be worried about your own personal paperfolding skill. Most of what we will fold will be at the simple level (although they will use math!) and not complex bugs like the one shown above. However, we will study the math behind such complexlevel origami. Those students who do wish to explore such advanced paper folding will have opportunities to do so. About the instructor: Thomas Hull has been practicing origami since he was 8 years old. He has coauthored two origami instruction books (Origami, Plain and Simple with Robert Neale (1994), and Russian Origami with Sergei Afonkin (1997), both published by St. Martin's Press) and has invented numerous origami models. His PHiZZ Unit has been especially popular, and his Five Intersecting Tetrahedra model was voted by the British Origami Society as one of the top 10 origami models of all time. From 19942007 he was on the board of directors for OrigamiUSA, a national nonprofit organization for the advancement of origami. He is also one of the world experts on the mathematics of origami. He edited the book Origami^{3} (the Proceedings of the Third International Meeting of Origami in Science, Mathematics, and Education) and authored the text for this course, Project Origami. He has been invited to lecture on the mathematics of origami across the USA as well as in Peurto Rico, Europe, and Japan. In other words, this is his specialty and this will be an awesome class! Links: There are a lot of great resources for origami, and origamimath, online. Below are a few links to explore (feel free to search for more) if you want to get a feel for what origami is all about.
