Tuesday, June 28, 2011

You are invited to a GeoGebra Seminar!

The University of the Philippines National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (UPNISMED) will conduct a three-Saturday seminar-workshop on using GeoGebra in the teaching and learning of high school mathematics on August 6, 13, & 20, 2011 at UP NISMED. This is a first level seminar and will cover the basic tools of GeoGebra. Sample lessons, activities,  applets will be presented. The participants are expected to develop at least one activity/ GeoGebra applet for high school mathematics lessons as output.
For more information, fees, and registration procedures visit this link. To Filipino math teachers, please share this post in your Facebook.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Excess (or Missing) Area

Click the Play button at the bottom-left of the applet to animate. What do you observe?

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1. Click the Pause button and refresh your browser.
2. What is the area of the square made up of the two triangles and two trapezoids?
3. Check the Assemble Manually check box to show the slider.
4. Set the slider $\alpha$ and $\beta$ to 90, and then a to 0 and e to 8. What is the area of the rectangle?
5. Can you explain why there is an excess area?
Downloadable Applet to follow

Saturday, June 25, 2011

What is a square?

A square is the locus of all the points in a plane for which the sum of the distances from two given perpendicular lines is constant. Drag point I to find out.

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If you want to know eleven more definitions of a square, go to my post Twelve Definitions of a Square posted in Mathematics for Teaching.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Rectangle with Constant Perimeter

Move the dot on Slider A. What do you observe?

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Eutrigon Theorem

Move point B or point C. What do you observe?

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The central triangle with one angle equal to 60 degree is called a eutrigon. The areas of equilateral triangles constructed on the three facesobey the eutrigon theorem, which gives the area of the central triangle in terms of the areas of the other three triangles as shown in the illustration.

Reference: "The Eutrigon Theorem" from The Wolfram Demonstrations Project
http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/TheEutrigonTheorem/

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Pantograph

A pantograph is a mechanical linkage connected in a special manner based on parallelograms so that the movement of one pen, in tracing an image, produces identical movements in a second pen.

If a line drawing is traced by the first point, an identical, enlarged or miniaturized copy will be drawn by a pen fixed to the other. The pantograph was invented by Cristoph Scheiner.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Trisection of an Angle

The segment ΓΔ and the angle ΑΟΒ are moving with constant speed and agree with OA at the same time. The point Z is the section of segments OB and ΓΔ, and the red curve is the trace of Z. Using this curve we can find the trisects of an acute angle as seen in the applet.

This is a Java Applet created using GeoGebra from www.geogebra.org - it looks like you don't have Java installed, please go to www.java.com

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Visualizing Multiplication of Fractions

Drag slider m to determine the fraction m/10 and drag sliders n to determine the fraction n/10. The area of the overlapping rectangles is the product of the fraction.

This is a Java Applet created using GeoGebra from www.geogebra.org - it looks like you don't have Java installed, please go to www.java.com

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Circles and Arbelos

The area of the circle determined by the tangent line to the two internal circles equals the area of the arbelos (the red area).

This is a Java Applet created using GeoGebra from www.geogebra.org - it looks like you don't have Java installed, please go to www.java.com

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Viviani's Theorem created with GeoGebra 4.0 beta

Viviani's theorem, named after Vincenzo Viviani, states that the sum of the distances from a point to the sides of an equilateral triangle equals the length of the triangle's altitude.

This is a Java Applet created using GeoGebra from www.geogebra.org - it looks like you don't have Java installed, please go to www.java.com

The theorem can be extended to equilateral polygons and equiangular polygons. Specifically, the sum of distances from a point to the side lines of an equiangular (or equilateral) polygon does not depend on the point.

Text Source: Wikipedia

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

The GeoGebra 4.0 Sneak Peek Series

If you have enjoyed the GeoGebra Tutorial Series, I have created the GeoGebra 4.0 Sneak Peek series to discuss what's new in GeoGebra 4.0 in my main blog Mathematics and Multimedia. Here are the first two posts:

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