Every year several earthquakes occur on planet Earth with severe loss of human lives. During an earthquake most of us already experienced the vibrations at the Earth’s surface due to the propagation of the seismic waves along the crust. The main question we intend to answer with this project is: How do the seismic vibrations affect the civil engineering structures like bridges, dams or buildings?
This project consists of five different “experiences” related to Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE): Cellular automata, Dynamical system, Wator, Temperature and Cartography.
This exhibit explores the science of cartography and the geometry of the sphere. The geometric properties of the sphere and the plane are essentially different, and no map can faithfully represent the Earth without distortion. This module goes through some of this properties, comparing different map projections and trying to get a feeling of what “distortion” means and why is threre such imposibility for a “perfect map”.
This interactive module illustrates, in a historical context, the rhumb lines on the Earth and the spirals that correspond to a remarkable family of their projections in the plane.
Dune Ash is an interactive simulation of a volcano erruption in Europe. You can place a volcano, add a wind field and explore the ash cloud dispersing in time.
3D_XPLORMATH is one of the most comprehensive programs to explore mathematics. Countless objects, animations and possibilities invite the user to even experience them using 3D glasses!
jReality allows you to experience mathematical objects in a virtual reality environment. Users can climb on huge mathematical objects, enter them and perceive them as “real” objects. Like in a computer game one approaches the different objects using a space navigator.
With Morenaments you can easily paint symmetrical patterns in one of the 17 symmetry groups of the Euclidian space. Discover geometrical properties and investigate their inner structure of spinning centers and mirror axes.
Simply create geometrical constructions of different types, i. e. applications in non-Euclidian geometry, fractals or symmetry groups. Additionally, virtual physics simulations using masses, electric charge, fields, etc. can be carried out.
With SURFER you can experience the relation between formulas and forms, i. e. mathematics and art, in an interactive way. You can enter simple equations that produce beautiful images, which are surfaces in space.
SURFER is the Java-based extension of the program SURFER2008 that was developed for the IMAGINARY exhibition in the year of Mathematics in Germany.