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Cool Kaleidoscope

May 1, 2009

Kaleidoscope image UT Tyler senior math major Erin Jennings, with the help of Dr. Casey Mann, associate professor of mathematics, constructed UT Tyler kaleidoscopes as part of Jennings’ capstone senior seminar project within the UT Tyler Department of Mathematics. 


Jennings was studying the symmetries of repeating planar patterns. The “kaleidoscopic patterns” are patterns generated entirely by reflecting a small piece of the pattern across "mirror lines" of symmetry. When a picture is place at the bottom of the kaleidoscope (the UT Tyler emblem), the mirrors create the illusion of an infinite repeating pattern, Mann said.


For more information, contact Mann, 903.566.7449 or cmann@uttyler.edu.

 


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