PSA: check out Anna Weltman’s new book, This Is Not A Math Book. Looks great.

Also check out Dan Meyer’s fall contest (ends 10/6/15) that asks the students to be creative in making their own Loop-de-loop mathematical art.

Programming connection: have the students make their loop-de-loop with python and turtles, here is a 3-5-2 loop-de-loop:

or with Scratch, here is a 2-4-5:

Enjoy!

# Programming and Anna Weltman’s This Is Not A Math Book and Dan Meyer’s Contest

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Thank you for this simple demo! I am so wanting to introduce coding into my mathematics teaching but don’t know the best sources or methods! I’m a bit of an old dog trying to learn some new tricks!

Here are some ideas for a programming progression related to loop-de-loops:

1) basic program to draw a static loop-de-loop

2) program that generates a random loop-de-loop (maybe within some constrained family)

3) draw a user-input loop-de-loop

4) draw a non-rectangular l-d-l (interesting to think about what constraints you keep)

5) draw l-d-l based on some well-known sequence (for example, digits of e, pi)

6) draw l-d-l families based on well known sequence

7) drawl loop-de-loop on a sphere (maybe show a projection back to the plane as an easier graphics challenge?)

8) automate the coloring of the regions of the l-d-l