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ACAT8004     Design Structures A

A two-hour seminar in Semester 1.

Completion or co-enrolment in Computer Programming A or equivalent.

To acquire a basic understanding of conceptual compositional structures and their application to the visual and sonic domains.

An overview of the fundamental principles of mathematical thinking, including principles such as ratio, set, number, relation and group, Euclidian geometry, recursion and automata, calculus, circular functions and spectral analysis, probability and Markov processes, algorithmic procedures, iterated function systems and Fourier transforms.

Assignments involving the application of some of the above topics-100%.


Kline, M., Mathematics for the Nonmathematician,Dover, 1967.


Barnsley, M., Fractals Everywhere, Academic Press, 1988.
Bracewell, R.N., The Fourier Transform and Its Applications, 2nd edn, McGraw-Hill, 1986.
Cook, T.A., The Curves of Life, Dover, 1979.
Coxeter, H.S.M., Introduction to Geometry, 2nd edn, Wiley Classics Library, 1989.
Dainfith, J., and Nelson, R.D., The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics, Penguin, 1985.
Doczi, G., The Power of Limits, Shambhala, 1981.
Francis, G.K., A Topological Picturebook, Springer-Verlag, 1987.
Ghyka, M., The Geometry of art and Life, Dover, 1977.
Grossman, S., Calculus, 2nd edn, Academic Press, 1981.
Huntley, H.E., The Divine Proportion, Dover, 1970.
Kappraff, J., Connections, McGraw-Hill, 1991.
Le Corbusier, The Modulor, Faber, 1977.
Moles, A., Information Theory and Esthetic Perception, University of Illinois Press, 1968.
Pearce, P, Structure in Nature is a Strategy for Design, NUT Press, 1978.
Ross, K.A., and Wright, C.R.B., Discrete Mathematics, 2nd edn, Prentice-Hall, 1988.
Sedgewick, R., Algorithms, 2nd edn, Addison-Wesley, 1988.
Schey, H.M., Div, Grad Curl, and All That, Norton, 1973.
Stewart, I., and Tall, D., The Foundations of Mathematics, Oxford University Press, 1988.
Toffoli, T., and Margolus, N., Cellular Automata Machines, MIT Press, 1987.
von Mises, R., Probability, Statistics and Truth, Dover, 1981.
Walpole, E., and Myers, H., Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists, Macmillan, 1978.


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