Take and Make: Experimental Mathematics Cucumber Edition

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Here’s a fun one!  Inspired by a conversation with Chris Daniels of Public Math.

He said roll paper around a cylinder and cut on an angle to get an ellipse and produce a sine wave.  So we did!  And you can too.  Then you can make a roller from ellipses, reflect your sine curve and roll the elliptical roller along the sine curve track.

See the videos here.  Video 1 Unroll Sine curve.  Video 2 Reflect Sine curve and roll ellipse

If your program is not vegetable friendly and you’d like something more durable, you can make a wooden track and ellipse using our files.

There’s a slow motion video of the wooden roller here and laser files to make this here.

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