1. Plan It
A. Measure the front panel of several cereal boxes. Find the length-to-width ratio of each front panel by dividing the length of the rectangle by the width. Record the length-to-width ratio for each front panel. Which panel had a ratio closest to the Golden Ratio?
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2. Put It Together
A. Draw Golden Rectangles. The pattern on page 341 of the Math Central textbook is made of squares of different sizes. You'll find a similar pattern here. Your group will find the hidden Golden Ratio in this pattern. Remember that the square labeled 1 measures 1 unit by 1 unit. Find the dimensions of each square in the pattern. Remember that proportions remain the same in drawings to scale, if you wish to use a measurement other than inches for your drawing.
Find all the rectangles in the pattern. Determine their measurements. Calculate and record their length-to-width ratios first as fractions and then as ratios. What did you notice? Rectangles with a length-to-width ratio the same as the Golden Ratio are called Golden Rectangles.
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3. Wrap It Up
Design a cereal box. On the other side of your rectangle pattern, design a front panel for a box of your favorite cereal. Try to use Golden Rectangles in your design. Can you use the Golden Ratio to determine side lengths of rectangles in your design?
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4. Discuss Your Results
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