The Golden Ratio in Nature
Natia Howell Period: 4B
Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Ratio
These numbers are part of an ongoing sequence where a number is the sum of the two numbers prior. For example, part of the sequence is 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21 and keeps going from there. The Fibonacci sequence is similar to the Golden Ratio. If one were to take two consecutive numbers in the Fibonacci sequence an divide them, that quotient is close to the Golden Ratio.
The golden ratio appears in plants, such as; lilies and buttercups, because it is the best arrangement for the plants petals to obtain sunlight exposure. In addition, a plant whose seeds create a "spiral" pattern, such as; sunflowers, are following the Fibonacci sequence. The reason for this is to make the best fit for all of the seeds. These methods are ultimately the most efficient ways for plants to grow.
The Golden Ratio and Fibonacci Numbers in Plants
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How does this work?
The golden ratio is found in these plants because it is the most efficient way of growth for the plant. This way promotes the most desirable arrangement to promote successful growth and survival for the plants.
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