This is a task based tutorial introducing one to the basic mathematics of phyllotaxis. Click here to begin the Tutorial, or choose a specific tutorial page to visit:

  1. Observing Spiral Patterns
  2. Spiral Applet
  3. Dynamical Model Applet
  4. Cylindrical Spirals
  5. Cylindrical Spirals Applet
  6. The Farey Tree and the Golden Mean

Note: this was part of the "Discovering Math" class taught at Smith College in the Spring of 99. The previous part of the class included studying symmetry of planar patterns.