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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

MAT 103 - Symmetries


2018-2019 Catalog Year:

A mainly geometrical study of symmetry facilitated by the examination of patterns from various cultures and works of art. Patterns are created by the repetition of a small fundamental design. Those slides, turns and flips (isometries, i.e., functions that preserve distances) that leave a pattern unchanged interact in ways that lead naturally to the abstract, yet fundamental, concept of a group. This course studies such symmetry groups and their use in classifying material culture. Two key concepts are composition of isometries and color-consistency.

Offered: Not on a regular basis
Credit: 3