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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)
Description: The idea of transferring information from one grid to another has a long history inboth mathematics and art. When the blank grid differs from the original grid, a drawing can suffer intriguing distortions. In art, the result is sometimes called an anamorphic picture. Mathematically, the results are a type of transformation or mapping... James L. Hunt and his colleagues at the University of Guelph in Ontario provide equations that describe the mathematical transformations underlying the most common anamorphic images found in art - the plane, cylindrical, and conical cases. Artist Douglas D. Peden has explored another intriguing aspect of grid transformations to create visually arresting paintings.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Transformational Geometry, Art

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