Prerequisite: This course is open only to students in VCU's School of the Arts
Throughout history there has been an interconnection between mathematics and the visual arts. Various mathematical ideas have intrigued artists and have found expression in their work. Conversely, mathematicians have been inspired by visual imagery. For example, linear perspective has been a major force in painting for centuries and led to the mathematical theory of projective geometry. More recently, the mathematical concepts of the fourth dimension and relativity have figured in the theoretical underpinnings of many 20th century art movements. This class will examine some of the ways that art and math have influenced each other.
Note: All work submitted for a grade in this course should be yours and yours alone. Occasional exceptions are made for cases in which you use another artist's work in a creative or constructive way, leading to a wholly new artwork. If you do use another artist's work, you must clearly state your sources. Anything else is considered plagiarism and it will be dealt with according to university policy.
Internet: Information about this course is posted on my web page (not on Blackboard). Go to http://www.people.vcu.edu/~rhammack/ and click on "Schedule" and then "Math 123." There you will find the syllabus, paper details, a calendar and homework due dates.
Email: Any email correspondence concerning this course should be through your official VCU email address. University policy prevents me from discussing many aspects of the course through other email addresses. I may send email messages either to the whole class or individuals in the class. It is your responsibility to check your VCU email regularly.
Cell Phones: Please be sure that all cell phones and other electronic devices (including iPods, laptops, etc.) are turned off for the entire duration of each class. Leaving such devices on may lower your participation score.
Office: Please feel free to stop by my office whenever you have a question, or if you just want to chat. If my posted hours are inconvenient, I will be happy to schedule an appointment. Tell me if you are having trouble. Catching up can be difficult if you get behind, so let me know as soon as you think there is a problem.
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