Finding Fibonacci: An Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Course Based on Mathematical Patterns

Margie Ribble
Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science (2001)
Pages 193–200


Integrating mathematics into other disciplines is one of the challenges of mathematics education at all leve1s. In an undergraduate liberal arts setting, it is particularly desirable to demonstrate connections between diverse areas of the curriculum such as art, music, science, and mathematics. This paper will describe a course that I designed and taught at Maryville College, a four-year private liberal arts college located in Maryville, Tennessee. The course, ''Finding Fibonacci," seeks to demonstrate the interrelatedness of a variety of subject areas through mathematical patterns, particularly the Fibonacci sequence.