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Bending a Soccer Ball--Mathematically

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Author:Michael Trott
Description: With the World Cup under way, Michael Trott was asked by American Scientist magazine to help with some graphics to illustrate their feature article, "The Topology and Combinatorics of Soccer Balls," by Dieter Kotschick. Michael explains, "Using various code pieces from the GuideBooks about tori, polyhedra, knots, Riemann surfaces, and the Weierstrass elliptic function, I created the graphics shown in the article." Michael did some further tinkering with Mathematica and came up with six animations of soccer balls morphing from and into a variety of shapes.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Video
Math Topics: Topology, Sports

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