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Geometry Final Project Due 4/28

(Early Bird 4/21 +5pts)

Final Project instead of Final Test?


As Yoda says, Do or do not. There is no try. Halfhearted efforts will not be rewarded. If doing
a project sounds like a pain then dont do it. Study and take the final instead. Doing a project
is optional.
You are required to complete the Practice Final and turn it in. It counts toward your Final
Project grade.
The Final Project is worth 100 points (percent) total and will be figured into your final grade just
like a final exam would be. (Counts as 2 test grades.)
Your project must be turned in on time. Late projects will be penalized by a loss of points.
The description of each project gives you the minimum required. You should think of ways to
enhance your project to increase its educational value to you and to earn additional points.
Consider what you can do with your project to best illustrate the idea you are exploring to
others in the class. You are teaching an idea be sure others can learn it.
There are 7 projects, plus an option to create a unique project. More than one student may
choose a particular project, but these are not intended to be group projects. You will work on
your own project and individualize it. You must let me know which project you choose by
Tuesday, March 17 (the week before spring break).
If you want to do Project #8 and come up with your own unique idea, you must submit your
idea and plan to me for approval no later than Tuesday, March 17 (the week before spring
break).
Before you decide on a project, get online and explore the different ideas. The fact that the
pictures on the Project Pages are a little dull is intentional. I want you to express YOUR ideas.
You can go crazy in how you represent your topic.
Accuracy counts. Neatness counts. Organization counts. Following the guidelines counts.
Fulfilling the requirements counts. The deadline counts. Creativity counts. Spelling counts. Yes,
it all matters.
Learn something.
Get creative.
Impress me.

Adapted from http://hs.nburlington.com/ourpages/auto/2009/2/13/55136186/Honors%20Geometry%20project%20packet.pdf

Geometry Final Project Due 4/28

(Early Bird 4/21 +5pts)

Rubric for Final Project (aka How It Will Be Graded)


PTS

10

project turned in
on time
practice final
turned in on
time
commitment to
original project
idea
organized and
neat

Yes

Late or missing

Yes

Late or missing

project
demonstrates
knowledge and
understanding
of content
educational

Information is accurate
with no mistakes

creativity

Successfully added
creative or original
elements to the project

written summary

Summary clearly
communicates the
required information

PTS
visual display or
representation

Final effort clearly


represents chosen
project
Information and overall
appearance is neat and
organized. Easy to read
and follow

Project presents
material so that others
may learn without
assuming prior
knowledge

20 19 18 17 16
Complete and beyond
the minimum
requirements. Visually
pleasing, colorful,
entertaining,
interesting, or
attractive.

Final effort represents


chosen project with
some distractions
Information is generally
easy to read and follow,
overall appearance
mostly neat &
organized
Information is accurate
with few mistakes

Final effort does not


represent chosen
project
Information is difficult
to read or follow, not
neat and organized.

Project generally
presents materials so
that others may learn
with minimal
assumption of prior
knowledge
Evident attempt to be
creative or to add
original thought to the
project
Summary is nearly
complete, missing
some required
information
15 14 13 12 10 9 8
Complete and meets
minimum
requirements.
Generally visually
pleasing. Somewhat
colorful, interesting, or
attractive.

Project does not


present material in a
manner for others to
learn or assumes too
much prior knowledge

Information is
incomplete or contains
several mistakes

No attempt was made


to be creative or add
any original thought
Summary lacks most of
the required
information
7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0
Incomplete and does
not meet minimum
requirements. Not
visually pleasing to the
eye.

Adapted from http://hs.nburlington.com/ourpages/auto/2009/2/13/55136186/Honors%20Geometry%20project%20packet.pdf

Geometry Final Project Due 4/28

(Early Bird 4/21 +5pts)

Project #1
Line and Rotational Symmetry
A commercial logo is an important part of a
companys advertising. A companys logo can be
easily recognized by the consumer and is sometimes
considered important to the success of the product.
Many commercial logos are symmetric in their
design, with either one or more lines of symmetry or with rotational symmetry.

The Project:
Your project is to produce a page, book, collage or display (no smaller than
5 x 8 but no larger than 11 x 18) which demonstrates how important
symmetry is in commercial logos. (If you have another idea on how to
present this talk to me.)
Include reasons why a company might choose a symmetrical logo, a list of
whose logos you included, and the kind of symmetry they demonstrate.
(This can be a separate sheet of paper if not doing a book.)
Your project must contain at least twelve (12) commercial logos. (They do
not have to be current ones.) Your diagrams should demonstrate the lines
of symmetry or rotational symmetry for each logo you have selected. Be
sure you have some examples of rotational symmetry.
You must design a symmetrical logo for Cornerstone Academy and
demonstrate its lines of symmetry or rotational symmetry.
Learn something
Get creative
Impress me

Adapted from http://hs.nburlington.com/ourpages/auto/2009/2/13/55136186/Honors%20Geometry%20project%20packet.pdf

Geometry Final Project Due 4/28

(Early Bird 4/21 +5pts)

Project #2

The Golden Spiral or Fibonacci Spiral


The Golden Rectangle is a rectangle whose ratio of width
to length is the most pleasing to the human eye. The
ratio, about 0.618:1, is an irrational number and is called
the Golden Ratio. Artists, architects and advertisers have
incorporated it into their work.

The Project:
Create a golden spiral (paper no smaller than 5 x 8 but no larger than 11
x 18). Leave your construction lines marked and show the measurements.
Create a separate display with a second golden spiral (you can trace or
recreate your first one if you want). Turn this second spiral into a piece of
art. Look online for inspiration if you need to.
Write a brief explanation as to how the spiral relates to the Fibonacci
sequence
Learn something
Get creative
Impress me

Adapted from http://hs.nburlington.com/ourpages/auto/2009/2/13/55136186/Honors%20Geometry%20project%20packet.pdf

Geometry Final Project Due 4/28

(Early Bird 4/21 +5pts)

Project #3
Wheel of Theodorus
Theodorus was a Greek philosopher who lived
about 425 B.C. He is said to have discovered the
following method for constructing segments with
lengths 1,2, 3, 4, and so on. The technique is
referred to as the Wheel of Theodorus.
Consider a right isosceles triangle. If the length of
each leg is 1, the length of the hypotenuse is 2.
If another right triangle is constructed as shown,
it has legs 2 and 1. The hypotenuse of the new triangle is 3. Continue the
process and a wheel is formed.

The Project:
On poster board, construct a Wheel of Theodorus with a compass and
straight edge. Use a unit segment of one inch for the original triangle.
Position the original triangle near the center of your poster board so that
you have enough room for construction. Continue construction until you
obtain a segment of length 17.
Show the lengths of all sides of the triangles. Leave all construction marks.
Write a brief explanation that explains how you started the wheel, what
you did to continue the wheel, and how you know that the last segment is
17.
Learn something
Get creative
Impress me

Adapted from http://hs.nburlington.com/ourpages/auto/2009/2/13/55136186/Honors%20Geometry%20project%20packet.pdf

Geometry Final Project Due 4/28

(Early Bird 4/21 +5pts)

Project #4
Kaleidoscopes
The tube-shaped kaleidoscope was invented by
physicist Sir David Brewster in 1816. There are many
varieties of tube kaleidoscopes. Some have colored
glass or plastic that tumbles. Some have nothing in
the end chamber but a lens, and the designs created
depend on the objects at which the kaleidoscope is
aimed. Some have a marble at the end.
IDEAS: Your kaleidoscope tube can be cardboard or
plastic. The round clear pieces might be glass, a
lens, clear plastic, or clear acetate. The three
reflecting surfaces might be mirror glass, glass
painted black on one side or clear vinyl painted black on one side. The colored
pieces that go into the end chamber can be almost anything translucent. Dont
put too many colored pieces between the spacers. If you use too man, they wont
tumble well and they may block out too much light.

The Project:
Create and build your own working kaleidoscope
Make a diagram that shows your kaleidoscope plan
Write a report that includes diagrams describing what you did, a list of the
materials used and what geometric concepts are illustrated with your
kaleidoscope.
Learn something
Get creative
Impress me

Adapted from http://hs.nburlington.com/ourpages/auto/2009/2/13/55136186/Honors%20Geometry%20project%20packet.pdf

Geometry Final Project Due 4/28

(Early Bird 4/21 +5pts)

Project #5
Geometry and Art
M. C. Escher is famous for his geometric art and sculptures.
He used geometry in creative ways to make his sometimes
strange and always interesting works of art.

The Project
Find and examine examples of Eschers work with
tessellations
Create a tessellation picture with a simple image. Completed picture no
smaller than 5 x 8 but no larger than 11 x 18. (i.e. square, triangle)
Create a successful second tessellation picture with an original shape that
you create. (same size restrictions)
You may use any medium and draw in details to your shape if you wish.
Be able to explain what a tessellation is and how you created your unique
shape.
Submit a paper citing the Escher examples you studied, a brief explanation
(pictures of your process might make it easier?) as to how you created your
unique shape to tessellate.
Learn something
Get creative
Impress me

Adapted from http://hs.nburlington.com/ourpages/auto/2009/2/13/55136186/Honors%20Geometry%20project%20packet.pdf

Geometry Final Project Due 4/28

(Early Bird 4/21 +5pts)

Project #6
The Golden Rectangle and Nature
The Golden Rectangle is a rectangle whose ratio of
width to length is the most pleasing to the human
eye. The ratio, about 0.618:1, is an irrational
number and is called the Golden Ratio. Artists,
architects and advertisers have incorporated it into their work.

The Project
Create a piece of artwork using golden rectangles. It must be at least 8 x
10 but no larger than a poster board. It can be of any medium paper,
cardboard, fabric, etc.
Submit an additional display (poster, page, etc) with 5 different examples of
the golden rectangle in nature, architecture, or art. Try to represent each
category.
Write summary on what the Golden Rectangle is and how to construct it.
Learn something
Get creative
Impress me

Adapted from http://hs.nburlington.com/ourpages/auto/2009/2/13/55136186/Honors%20Geometry%20project%20packet.pdf

Geometry Final Project Due 4/28

(Early Bird 4/21 +5pts)

Project #7
Geometry and Music
Have you ever represented music in a visual manner
besides sheet music?
The Project
Create a string art piece that is labeled and color
coded to illustrate the circle of fifths, the
chromatic scale, tri-tones, minor thirds, and
major thirds.
Write a summary that includes:
o a description of how to use the string art to find the musical
relationships
o an explanation of what the musical relationships are (What is a tritone?
o what polygons are formed by the string in representing the musical
relationships
o the measure of the interior angles of the polygons formed
Learn something
Get creative
Impress me

Adapted from http://hs.nburlington.com/ourpages/auto/2009/2/13/55136186/Honors%20Geometry%20project%20packet.pdf

Geometry Final Project Due 4/28

(Early Bird 4/21 +5pts)

Project #8
Unique and Individualized
Do you have a better idea? Is there a topic that you
have heard of and want to explore?
The Project
Submit your idea by March 17 (the week before
break) of a project you want to create
Include what you will explore, create and submit and how it relates to
geometry or math
Final project must include a written summary
Learn something
Get creative
Impress me

Adapted from http://hs.nburlington.com/ourpages/auto/2009/2/13/55136186/Honors%20Geometry%20project%20packet.pdf