Fractal Broccoli!
    Mrs. Cortright


    Welcome back to another exciting year! 
    Courses taught this year:
    AP Calculus BC
    Introduction to Calculus
    Algebra II
    All classes will have a Google Classroom page where I will share handouts, syllabi, and announcements about assignments and assessments.


    ...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!