How does math relate to Bee? (Math behind bees) So I'm doing this project for math and I chose the topic bees. I was wondering if you can help me and give me some idea on its relation to math....

How does math relate to Bee? (Math behind bees) So I'm doing this project for math and I chose the topic bees. I was wondering if you can help me and give me some idea on its relation to math. Thank you

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(1) You could research the "waggle" dance. Bees can let the others in a hive know of a food source by dancing. They indicate the direction (in relation to the sun) as well as the distance. This is closely related to a polar coordinate system. (In place of the standard Cartesian coordinate system which gives the directed distance from two perpendicular axes using two coordinates, x and y, the polar coordinate system uses as coordinates the angle measured from an axis ( the pole) and the distance along a ray from the origin along that angle.)

(2) You could research the structure of a honeycomb. The honeycomb maximizes storage space while minimizing the amount of wall structure needed.

(3) You could research bee flight. Bees use vortices (much like helicopters do) to create lift. This differs from most other flying creatures that use many of the same principles as fixed wing aircraft, especially the Bernoulli principle.

(4) You could look at bee reproduction, the amount of foraging (especially the distances traveled) per day, the use of bees in agriculture, and many other topics.

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