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# Applications in Math an d Physics Honors

Course Description

Applications in Math and Physics Honors will cover the connection between mathematics, physics, and
architecture. We will primarily be using the City of Chicago and its rich architectural history to make these
connections between math, science, and architecture. Students will also explore math and architecture
through hands-on activities, various case studies and readings, and several field trips to Chicago and its
surrounding areas.

Outcomes

• Students will be familiar with the basic elements of constructions and how structures work.
• Students will be able to use proportions and ratios to create architectural drawings
• Students will be able to use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the height of a building.
• Students will use the golden ratio to find important architectural relationships.
• Students will discuss effective planning of rooms, homes, neighborhoods, and cities.
• Students will discover the architecture of Chicago and make connections to their own respective
homes and neighborhoods.
• Students will develop effective written and oral communication skills, especially the ability to
transmit complex technical information in a clear and concise manner.

Resources and Materials

Text: Pridmore, J., Larson, G., Blessing, H. Chicago Architecture and Design Revised ed. Chicago: Harry N.
Abrams, 2005.

Supplemental Readings: Selections from the following:
Kahim, B. Why Architecture Matters: Lessons from Chicago. Chicago: University of Chicago Press , 2001.
Levys, M., Panchyk, R. Engineering the City. Chicago: Chicago Review Press , In., 2000.
O'Gorman, J. ABC of Architecture. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press , 1998.
Salvadori, M. The Art of Construction. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, Inc., 1990.

Materials: Students should come to class with pen/pencil, paper, ruler, compass, 3-ring binder, and
textbook.

Student Evaluation and Grading Policies for Credit Courses Only

 A+ 100-97% A 96-93% A- 92-90% B+ 89-87% B 86-83% B- 82-80% C+ 79-77% C 76-73% C- 72-70% D+ 69-67% D 66-63% D- 62-60% F below 60%

Student grades will be calculated using the following criteria:

Tests and Quizzes: Students will have two assessments that will cover architectural vocabulary, math
concepts, and the history of math and science in architecture.

Participation: Each student will be graded on their participation in discussions related to the readings,
activities, field trips, and presentations.

Portfolio: Students will create and maintain a portfolio that will contain the results of all activities, journal
writings, field notes, and other projects undertaken in class.

Instructor Biography
David Chan currently teaches Chemistry at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois. He
taught Chemistry, Physics, Algebra , and Geometry for five years at Roycemore School, also in Evanston,
Illinois. Mr. Chan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry from Northwestern University and a
Master of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University. When he is not in the Chemistry lab, Mr. Chan
can be found on the basketball court as an assistant coach for the ETHS Girls' Varsity team, behind his
computer as an instructor with CTD's Learning Links program, or on the couch watching his beloved Cubs
struggle through yet another losing season. This is Mr. Chan's fourth summer teaching with CTD, and he is
looking forward to exploring the city of Chicago and its surrounding area where he has lived for his entire
life.

Schedule

Session I: Sunday, June 24, 2007 - Friday, July 13, 2007

 Date(s) Topic(s) Activities Assignments and/or Assessment Instructional Strategies Sunday, June 24 Orientation Introductions Monday, June 25 Geometric Shapes (2D and 3D) Develop Class Rules Activity: Blindfold Walk Geometric Shapes in the Environment Shapes in Architecture activity Pre-assessment Tuesday, June 26 Symmetry and Asymmetry Size and Scale Approximation Triangulation/Pacing Basics NU campus tour - triangulation in practice How Structures Work Triangulation activity Problem Based Learning in Lab Wednesday, June 27 One-Point Perspective Ratios and Proportions Golden Ratio Proportion and Ratio Frank Lloyd Wright Activities Watch Frank Lloyd Wright PBS Video Ratios and Proportions activity Compacting Thursday, June 28 Interiors Field Trip #1: Frank Lloyd Wright Studio and House in Oak Park PF: FLW Studio reflection Flexible grouping with lab groups Friday, June 29 Materials Basics of Constructions Choosing Materials in Construction Constructions activity Tent Building Activity Tiered activities Independent Study Computer Lab Monday, July 2 Structures Pythagorean Theorem, Trig to find height of building Plan, Section, and Evaluation Assessment #1 Using the Pythagorean Theorem Compacting Tuesday, July 3 Exteriors Video: Chicago's Riverfront Connections to own house - Remodeling Projects Problem Based Learning in Lab Wednesday, July 4 Interiors Field Trip #2: Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House in Hyde Park PF: Frank Lloyd Wright PhotoEssay Flexible Grouping Thursday, July 5 The Home Floor Plans Scale and Ratio Plan: Designing Dream House Activity: Plans PF Floor Plans Computer Lab Friday, July 6 Cities Video: The Loop: Where the Skyscraper Began. Continue work on Floor Plans Tiered Activities Monday, July 9 Cities Field Trip #3: Chicago River Architecture Tour and Millennium Park PF: Essay on Form/Function: Oak Park, Hyde Park, Downtown Chicago Flexible grouping with lab groups Tuesday, July 10 Neighborhoods and Streets Neighborhoods and City Planning Activity Consider/Research your own neighborhood planning Assessment #2 Neighborhoods planning activity Problem Based Learning in Lab Wednesday, July 11 Cities Video: Chicago Neighborhoods City Planning Web Quest Work on Portfolio Independent Study Computer Lab Thursday, July 12 Neighborhoods Field Trip #4: Bahai Temple and Wilmette Walking Tour PF: Final Course ReflectionFinish Portfolio Independent Study Friday, July 13 Final Exam Portfolio Presentations Parent/Teacher Conferences (1-5pm) none!
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