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Maple Math and Symmetry

Updated on January 3, 2014

Using Maple Leaves to Discover Line Symmetry in Nature

Look at this beautiful collage of a Maple Leaf with buttons on softly colored paper.

The leaf was cut in half at the line of symmetry.

The buttons are also arranged with three on each side of the Maple Leaf also creating a symmetrical pattern.

The colors of the paper are opposite from one side to the other thus making them asymmetrical.

In this lens Maple Math lens we will be learning about Symmetry while using Maple Leaves to display our findings in an artistic way.

Come look for the symmetry in the Maple Leaves...

Photo Credit: The Remembrancer: Button Up by Cat Sidh

on Flickr, Creative Commons.

Symmetry in Nature

Collect some Maple Leaves and look for the line of symmetry.

Are your Maple Leaves Symetric? - Defining Symetry and Applying it to Maple Leaves

Photo Credit: Asymmetric

Used under creative commons

Symmetry generally conveys two primary meanings.

The first is an imprecise sense of harmonious or aesthetically pleasing proportionality and balance on either side of an axis; For example, Aristotle ascribed spherical shape to the heavenly bodies, attributing this formally defined geometric measure of symmetry to the natural order and perfection of the cosmos. such that it reflects beauty or perfection.

The second meaning is a precise and well-defined concept of balance or "patterned self-similarity" that can be demonstrated or proved according to the rules of a formal system: by geometry, through physics or otherwise.

See the rest of the article about Symmetry

on Wikipedia.

Maple Leaf Math - Autumn Math Lessons in Symmetry

Autum Maple Leaf Collage
Autum Maple Leaf Collage

Photo Credit: The Remembrancer: Button Up by Cat Sidh

on Flickr, Creative Commons.

Use Symmetry to Create a Maple Leaf College - How can you use your knowledge of math to describe your Maple Leaf College?

Go on a field trip to collect Maple Leaves. When you come back inside, use those leaves to create a collage. Think about what you have learned about symmetry and numbers to describe your artwork.

In Look What I Did with a Leaf! the author invites us to see how leaves can be transformed into amazing collages. Be sure to look for lines of symmetry in the leaves. Can you find any Maple Leaves?

Look What I Did with a Leaf! (Naturecraft)
Look What I Did with a Leaf! (Naturecraft)
A unique combination of nature craft, art theory, and field guide, . Step-by-step how-to information for readers to assemble their own masterpieces. An explanation and diagram of the life cycle of a leaf, and a simple field guide that identifies the samples used in the models. This will work beautifully with a science lesson that includes an outdoor trek and art project

Hunting the Hidden Dimension - NOVA program about Fractals

Not Symmetrical but not quite Asymmetrical, what are fractals?

What do clouds, stalks of broccoli, and the rhythm of your heart have in common? Fractals – the irregular, repeating shapes that are found almost everywhere in nature, but whose governing principles were considered beyond the limits of our mathematical understanding well into the 20th century.

Maple Math

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