Catalogue 2019 - 2020

MAMT 574 Origami in Math and Education


3 cr.


MAMT 550 or MAMT 554 or permission of the department.

Course Description

Origami is the art of folding paper into intricate shapes. The rules are that the paper cannot stretch and cannot rip during the folding process. It turns out that we can study paper folding using mathematics, and in fact the relationship between origami and math runs deep. In this course students will explore the many different ways in which mathematics can be used to understand origami. This will include using geometry, combinatorics, graph theory, algebra, and matrices. At the same time it will become obvious that origami can be used to actually teach mathematics, and participants will explore how they can use paper folding in their own middle- or high-school classes. We will also explore amazing applications of origami in science and engineering, such as to deploy solar panels in outer space or to design airbags. Core class.