Morphing Art (MatheMUSEments!)
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|Ivars Peterson (Math Muse for Kids)|
|When you're riding along on your bike or in a car, you sometimes see the word "ONLY" painted on the roadway just before an intersection. The white letters look normal from where you're sitting. But if you were standing beside the "ONLY" instead of riding toward it, the letters would look stretched out. It's only when you look at them at the proper angle that they don't look distorted. Artists have long used the same idea to create visual puzzles. A viewer sees an object in a picture correctly only if he or she finds the right angle at which to look at it. Such distorted pictures are called anamorphic images.|
|Levels:||Late Elem. (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)|
|Resource Types:||Articles, Books|
|Math Topics:||Transformational Geometry, Art|
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