Poster Session

Polynomiography:   A Visualization Software for STEM Plus Art at K-12 and Beyond

Polynomiography software has the potential to attract and invite students of all ages into working and playing with polynomial equations.  Equations are no longer dry,  lifeless or scary.    On the contrary,  Polynomiography turns them into desirable objects,  leading to colorful  images,  as  individual as any other artwork rendered via painting or photography.   Equally  important,  through Polynomiography  both students and teachers  can explore  mathematical and algorithmic thinking, or discover algebraic and geometric properties on their own.  Many sophisticated properties become visually obvious.  Suddenly  new applications of polynomial equations become possible,  combining STEM with art.  Polynomiography is a fantastic tool of STEAM.

 

Bahman Kalantari
Rutgers University

Bahman Kalantari is a professor of computer science at Rutgers University. His research areas include theory and algorithms for optimization problems,  as well as for solving polynomial equations.  He has introduced the  term  Polynomiography  for algorithmic visualization of polynomial equations and holds a U.S. patent for its technology.   Polynomiography has been featured in national and international media as a medium that combines art and math and has the potential to become a powerful educational medium.  He has delivered over 100 presentation on Polynomiography in more than a dozen countries to audiences that include, middle and high school teachers and students, educators, mathematicians and scientists, as well as the general public.  Polynomiography continues to attract students at Rutgers into creative and interdisciplinary activities that combine STEM and art.  With the help of interested educators he hopes to  introduce Polynomiography software into K-12 education in New Jersey and beyond. Over the years he has taken a keen interest in fine art, even fashion, all based on polynomiography.  He is the  author  of the book,  “Polynomial Root-Finding and Polynomiography.’’  He maintains the website www.polynomiography.com.