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Design and Mathematics

Thinking of how I could tie design and math together, I thought of the calendar year. Not our calendar, but that of the Mayans in which they created thousands of years ago. They built the Pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichén Itzá, which acted as a calendar for them. This pyramid had four staircases with 91 steps, and a platform at the top which equals 365. This is remarkable considering that the Pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichén Itzá was built in approximately 1050. An amazing amount of math went into designing an entire pyramid that resembles a calendar year.
The Pyramid of Kukulkan 1- El Castillo - at Chichen-Itza P.gif
Moving from the Mayans Pyramid, to the Egyptians pyramids which also had a great deal of math in their design. In class we talked about mathematics being a part of the realm of physical phenomena, and the great pyramids definitely fall under this classification. Some of the pyramids had more than 2 million stones each weighing 2 1/2 tons. It is amazing to think of the different levy and pulley systems that needed to be thought out in order to build these massive structures. Without math and a little bit of science there is no way that the Egyptians could have built such a remarkable structure.
Also thinking of mathematics and design, I thought of solar panels. Solar panels are a good source of energy, because it is natural. We don’t need to burn fuels and waste resources, we just need to maximize the “right? resources that we are given. To effectively use solar panels, they need to be configured to receive the most sunlight. Certain angles need to be calculated so that the panels are maximized to their potential, like the picture below.
solar panel.jpg
Designing with solar panels adds another factor of math into our design equation.