IB MATH PROJECT!

IB MATH PROJECT! - Women in Art throughout the Ages Math...

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Women in Art throughout the Ages Math Studies IB SL Criterion A: Introduction Women in Art throughout the Ages
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For my IB project I am going to look at women in art throughout the years. I will pick five famous pictures containing women from all different eras in art. With these pictures I will calculate their golden ratios. The art will be collected and all of the women will be measured out so that all of their golden ratios compared. By studying each of the golden ratios, I will be able to determine whether or not precision and beauty were factors in each painting or sculpture. The golden ratio is an irrational mathematical constant that is rounded to 1.618 when rounded to four significant figures. The golden ratio proves if something is perfectly proportioned. The golden ratio is said to be present when the total length a + b is to the longer segment a, as a is to the shorter segment b. 1 I will be choosing certain lengths and widths of the woman’s face in each picture, and I am going to compare it to the ratio above to see if it holds true. Art was thought to have been more famous when it was beautiful and uncontroversial. I am going to see if these famous artworks followed this belief. My belief is that all of the women, regardless of the era they are made in will have very similar ratios. Art is sold by its appeal to the viewers. I am predicting that without the golden ratio, the paintings would not have been as appealing, thus the artists incorporated it into their works. Criterion B: Information/Measurement Before I began with my measurements, each picture and/or statue had to be scaled down a great amount so that their golden ratios wouldn’t be altered when I took them from life-size to an image on paper. With all varying heights, I have created each picture with their own specific 1 http://www.google.com/imgres? consulting.com/pm-golden- ult&resnum=8&ct=image&ved=0CCIQ9QEwBw
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scaling. The height of the statues is known for a fact so they are stated below. The width of
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This note was uploaded on 02/05/2012 for the course MATH 101 taught by Professor Gatfield during the Spring '10 term at Saddleback.

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