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This blog accompanies the College Mathline television program produced by Palomar College

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Legos & math

For our April 1 episode we talked with Eric, one of Legoland's master model builders. He showed us how mathematics comes into play with his work every day. The dimensions of Lego bricks are based on a 5:6 ratio which he must keep in mind as he plans and builds his models, especially when pieces will be used in atypical ways. He even has special rulers and graph paper to help with the ratio. We also talked about how Lego models, built from rectangular bricks but forming curved shapes, are illustrations of the approximation and limit process from calculus that we use in defining double integrals.

Plus, it was April 1, so April Fools Day pranks and jokes abound!

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