The Magic of the “Golden Ratio”

Walking around NYC, I was on a mission to connect mathematics to the real world.  This, of course, led me to go on a mathematical scavenger hunt in search of  the “Golden Ratio.” Hidden in plain sight, this often times naturally occurring ratio is seen everywhere from historic and modern architecture to nature itself. 

What is this all-encompassing “Golden Ratio” you may ask?
It’s a proportion, related to a never-ending sequence of numbers called the Fibonacci sequence, and is considered to be the most pleasing ratio to the human eye.  The ratio itself is an irrational number equal to 1.618……..(etc.).

Why should you care?
When the same ratio is seen in the Parthenon, the Taj Mahal, the Mona Lisa and on the shores of a beach in a seashell, you know it must be something special!
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Random as it may seem, this proportion stems from the following sequence of numbers, known as the Fibonacci sequence:

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, …….

Do you notice what pattern these numbers form?
Capture(Answer: Each previous two numbers are added together to find the next number.)

The Golden RectangleThe most common example of the “Golden Ratio” can be seen in the Golden rectangle.  The lengths of this rectangle are in the proportion from 1: 1.618 following the golden ratio. Behold the beauty of the Golden Rectangle:

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How is the Fibonacci Sequence related to the Golden Ratio?                                               What if we drew a golden rectangle within our rectangle?

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Then drew another golden rectangle within that golden rectangle?

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And we kept doing this until we could no longer see what we were doing…….

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The proportion between the width and height of these rectangles is 1.618 and can also be shown as the proportion between any two numbers in the Fibonacci sequence as the sequence approaches infinity. Notice that the area of each rectangle in the Fibonacci sequence is represented below in increasing size:Screen Shot 2018-11-19 at 10.31.51 PM

Where exactly can you find this Golden Ratio in real life? Found in NYC! The Golden ratio was seen here at the United Nations Secretariat building in the form of a golden rectangle(s).  Check it out!

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Where have you seen this proportion of magical magnitude?  Look for it in your own city or town and let me know what you find! Happy Golden Ratio hunting! 🙂

If you’re interested in learning more about the golden ratio and are also a big Disney fan, I highly recommend you check out Donald Duck’s Math Magic!

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Summertime Review: Factoring

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Whether you are ready to go back to school or back to sleep, I hope you found this factoring review helpful.

Still got questions?  Don’t hesitate to reach out in the comments below! Happy math-ing! 🙂

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Simultaneous Equations/New YouTube Channel!

In need of a bit of review on Simultaneous Equations?  Well, now is your chance! Learn how to solve these confusing bad mama jamma’s in three different ways and choose which one works best for you!

I’m also excited to introduce my new YouTube page for MathSux!  Hope these new set of videos help.  Let me know if you have any more questions in the comments.  Happy calculating! 🙂

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Brain Teaser

School’s out!!!:) Since the summer season is in full swing, I thought I’d celebrate by looking at a brain teaser.  I found this online, it involves some common sense, some logic, and some colorful boats.  Well here goes……

At the local model boat club, four friends were talking about their boats.

There were a total of eight boats, two in each color, red, green, blue and yellow. Each friend owned two boats. No friend had two boats of the same color.

Alan didn’t have a yellow boat. Brian didn’t have a red boat, but did have a green one. One of the friends had a yellow boat and a blue boat and another friend had a green boat and a blue boat. Charles had a yellow boat. Darren had a blue boat, but didn’t have a green one.

Can you work out which friend had which colored boats?

Check your answer here.

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