The Math Behind the Sydney Opera House

Interested in architecture? See some of the math behind the iconic Sydney Opera House in the video above.

BADGING:

Watch the video above. Answer the following questions in a couple of sentences each.

  1. Explain the difference between a catenary dome and a parabolic shell.
  2. Explain why a catenary dome was not useable for construction of the Sydney Opera House.
  3. Explain why a parabolic shell was not useable for construction of the Sydney Opera House.
  4. Explain why a sphere was acceptable for the construction of the Sydney Opera House.
  5. How is it possible for a sphere to produce different size domes if they’re all from the same shape and curvature?

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