Fractal Broccoli!
    Mrs. Cortright


    Welcome back to another exciting year! 
    Courses taught this year:
    AP Calculus BC
    AP Calculus AB
    Introduction to Calculus
    I am so excited to get to know all of you and work together this year. Basic class information can be found on each class page (AB and BC are on the same page).  Additionally, all classes have a Google Classroom page where I will share handouts, syllabi, and announcements about assignments and assessments. Google Classroom pages are for students and their families only; you will receive the code to join the first day of class.


    ...so what's with the Broccoli?

     The picture shows Romanesco Broccoli, a variety of cruciferous vegetable related to broccoli and cauliflower (and cabbage and Brussels sprouts!).  The vegetable exhibits some interesting properties involving some of my favorite areas of mathematics.  Like its cousins broccoli and certain varieties of cauliflower, Romanesco Broccoli is an example of a fractal, a geometric figure that is made up of smaller self-similar constituent parts.  The spirals present in each floret are golden spirals, so-called because they can also be generated from a golden rectangle.  These spirals are also known as Fibonacci spirals, due to the strong relationship between the numbers in the Fibonacci sequence and the Golden Ratio. 
    Romanesco broccoli is delicious tossed with olive oil, freshly chopped garlic and a blend of ricotta and Parmesan cheeses. 
    I've had this particular vegetable up for a few years now, so I'm open to suggestions!  Know of an heirloom breed or a plant that exhibits an interesting mathematical principal?  Let me know!