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Mathematics 13: Multivariable Calculus
Benjamin Hutz, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics
In this project, the students investigate surfaces that are composed of spheres, sylindrical surfaces, quadric surfaces, ellipsoids, paraboloids, elliptic cones, and hyperboloids. In particular, they produce a set of equations and a three-dimensional model in Mathematica of objects measured in works of art at the Mead.
The students describe the process of making the three-dimensional models in a series of audio podcast tours. For many of them, visiting the Mead was their first experience in an art museum, and they discuss how this project inspired them, how it made them look at art differently, and whether or not they consider themselves to be artists.