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Volume 10, Number 47

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November 21 2005                               Vol. 10, No. 47

             THE MATH FORUM @ DREXEL INTERNET NEWS

      The Math Forum Problems of the Week: Memberships
     Maryland Institute College of Art Student Practicums
            International Rubik's Cube Competition


      THE MATH FORUM PROBLEMS OF THE WEEK: MEMBERSHIPS

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     MARYLAND INSTITUTE COLLEGE OF ART STUDENT PRACTICUMS

    http://mathforum.org/geometry/rugs/resources/practicums/

  A new section has been added to "Symmetry and Pattern: The
  Art of Oriental Carpets," a joint project of The Textile
  Museum and The Math Forum.

  For a course in Islamic Art History, undergraduates in
  Carol Bier's class "Pattern in Islamic Art" dyed textiles,
  cut paper, painted, drew, and used graphic software and other
  techniques to create artwork demonstrating various kinds of
  patterns.

  Bier, working with Richard Tchen, has provided pictures of
  her students' practicums, plus descriptions of materials and
  process, along with an "Artist's Narrative" and "Teacher's
  Comment" for each.

  Download original materials from Bier's course as Word
  documents:

    - Practicum Assignment
    - Syllabus
    - Reading List

  For other educational resources on symmetry and pattern in
  oriental carpets, visit the collaboration's home page:

              http://mathforum.org/geometry/rugs/
 
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            INTERNATIONAL RUBIK'S CUBE COMPETITION

    http://www.exploratorium.edu/pr/documents/06-1Rubik's.html

  The Exploratorium in conjunction with Caltech's Rubik's Cube
  Club will be hosting the International Rubik's Cube
  Competition from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm on January 14, 2006.

  In past years, many world records have been set at such
  tournaments, including the

    - 3x3x3 cube single solve (11.75 seconds)
    - one-handed solve (23.78 seconds)
    - blindfold solve (1:58:32)

  Among the Rubik's Cube elite expected to attend are Jessica
  Fridrich, the creator of the most popular speed cubing
  system, the Fridrich Method; Lars Petrus, 4th-place finisher
  in the 1982 Rubik's Cube World Championships, representing
  Sweden; Shotaro Makisumi, a 14-year-old freshman from Japan
  attending high school in Pasadena and number one in the
  world of the 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube, average solve at 14.52
  seconds; and Tyson Mao, who holds the world record for the
  blindfold solve at 1:58:32.

  Entry into the tournament is open to anyone.
  
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