Thursday, 13 September 2018

Beauty in maths: Fibonacci numbers in nature

Can you keep this sequence going?
1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8. 13, ...

We were pleased that many of our students can... we've been exploring Fibonacci numbers and how they keep cropping up in nature. Here are some videos to whet your interest...

We also explored counting spirals in pinecones and draw our own spirals using Fibonacci numbers, we're wondering where else they are around us. Here are some of our first thoughts:

Ziya - it made my mind super screwy. I know I can do maths with patterns and swirls.
Pyrenees - it makes me wonder how many more things have spirals. I wonder about trees and fingerprints and in Maori tattoos.
Sammy - it made me feel like dizzy and swirly. It makes me want to learn more about swirls.
Cameron - Eloise’s necklace is a swirl!
Coco - There are so many swirls in the world.

We also drew spirals using the Fibonacci code...

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