Parabolic Connections: Linking History, Art, Acoustics, and Mathematics

Gail Kaplan
Proceedings of Bridges 2010: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2010)
Pages 375–378 Short Papers


This paper describes how the properties of a parabolic shape connect mathematics to unexpected fields of study including history, sculpture, and acoustics. The links to other subjects stimulate interest as students gain a more thorough understanding of quadratic functions.