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Rhombuses, kites etc

As a high school teacher, I sometimes wonder about the usefulness of certain topics. Some topics seem to be in the textbook because they have always been there, not because they lead anywhere ...
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Use of Lockhart's *Measurement* in a course?

I greatly admire Paul Lockhart's Measurement (Harvard Press). Many of you know him through A Mathematician's Lament. One review of Measurement said, “Here Lockhart offers the positive side of the ...
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Why is it difficult to freely change between points and vectors?

I have noticed working with bright undergraduates that it is not uncommon for them to have difficulty easily converting between a point—say, a point $p$ on a surface $S \subset \mathbb{R}^3$&...
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Geogebra for Blind People

I work in the University with students in a situation of disability, specifically, teaching them math and related things. I have a few students that are very visually impaired; they work with JAWS or ...
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Integrated math curriculum in different countries

One of the selling points of re-hashed American 1990s high school math programs is that they are "integrated", that is, combine algebra, geometry, statistics, trigonometry just like the European ...
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Missouri EOC and the best Geometry book

I am a Missouri High School Geometry teacher. WE are adopting textbooks this year. I would like opinions on which books are most closely aligned with the Missouri Learning Standards because at the ...
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Group theory by geometry

I'm introducing my kids to the concepts of group theory. To make abstract things tangible, I'm trying the geometry way, adopting Arnold's in "Abel's Theorem", so far I've explained, by using symmetry ...
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Are questions on overlapping solids of revolutions without prior definitions and instructions fair given that there are divided interpretations?

If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, the general is to blame. But if his orders are clear, and the soldiers nevertheless disobey, then it is the ...
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When Euclid was used as a textbook, what exercises did students do?

Until fairly recently, it was common for students in school to learn Euclidean geometry from a translation of Euclid. I get the impression that ca. 1700 this would have been in college and only for a ...
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Geometry textbook with an abstract algebra emphasis

I'm teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate geometry classes (mostly for in-service teachers) which range from elementary axiomatic geometry to more advanced transformational geometry. I'm ...
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Good textbooks for a college Basic Geometry course?

I will be teaching geometry for the first time ever this summer. I teach at a community college, and we only offer this course in the summer. (Mostly high school students take it, but it is a college ...
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Why do standard geometry textbooks not start with trigonometry?

Throughout my geometry course, I was given many theorems and postulates, which I was were expected to memorize and apply. At the time, I sorta went along with it, but I couldn’t help but wonder where ...
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Book recommendations on mathematics education focusing on geometry

I will be teaching Euclidean geometry to future teachers, and I am feeling a bit lost (I know geometry, but I am not that familiar with mathematics education). Is there some recent (as concise as ...
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How to give a good Geometry test? [closed]

Generally, in a Geometry test, you'd need to test proofs (Prove that triangle XYZ and ABC are congruent). On the other hand, proofs depends depends on theorems which depend on postulates, which are ...
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Making physical 3D models

I was thinking to make classroom illustrations of some 3D mathematical objects, such as graphs of 2 variable functions, minimal surfaces, etc. My question is, what would be a good way to go about it? ...
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Fun classroom exercise for mental rotation

I'm training to be a teacher and I am doing a maths lesson later next week. The topic is geometry, the students are 12-year-olds. More concretely, I've been given a selection of exercises that I may ...
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How to explain angle hunting to students

$I$ is a point of the circle of diameter $JK$. The perpendicular bisector of $JK$ cut the semi-circle not containing $I$ at $M$. Let $N$ and $P$ be the orthogonal projections of $M$ on $IJ$ and $IP$. ...
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Geometry sample tests

I am teaching intro to Geometry using Moise and Downs textbook. It is an excellent text but somewhat old. Does anyone know if there are sample tests that are available for use with this textbook?
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Recommend a website for creating geometric figures

I want to find a website where I can enter the names of vertices of a polygon, specify which diagonals should be depicted, and specify the measures of certain angles, and have the website generate a ...
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Intuition: 5 regular polyhedra, 6 regular 4-polytopes, and then 3 regular d-polytopes

I have struggled to offer an intuitive explanation (to U.S. college students) why the number of regular polytopes in dimension $d$ is: $d=2$, number: $\infty$. $d=3$, number: $5$, the five Platonic ...
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How should I solve this geometrical problem [closed]

One of my students found this problem and gave it to me in order to help him but I cannot really think of something that will help for the solution. So, this is the problem: ABC is a random triangle. ...
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Why does result depend on procedure in my calculation of surface area using Guldin? [closed]

At present, I teach Guldin's rules for surface and volume of rotation, and give an example task from the textbook. The textbook uses procedure 1 (below) for calculation (below), but I advocate that ...
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Drawing vs Constructing

How would you explain to students the difference between drawing and constructing? "Accuracy" seems to be a go to word, but that's not really what the difference is. I want to say more, but I also don'...
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Teaching congruent triangles non-rigorously

I've just started teaching congruent triangles to a class of 14/15 year olds in the UK. All that they are required to know for the purpose of national exams here is that two triangles are congruent if ...
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When a geometrical figure a special case of another [closed]

Squares are special types of rectangles. Are circles special types of ellipses/ovals? Are cones special types of pyramids? I guess the answer is no because of the 2D basis: circles are not special ...
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Multidisciplinary problem

I am looking for ideas for an activity for high school students, which involves plane geometry and another field, such as algebra, series, etc... For example, in junior high there is a nice activity ...
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Are kindergartners supposed to be steered from squares being rectangles?

Question 1: What are the literature, status, debates, references, etc regarding this matter please? Apparently, some (woohoo weasel words!) consider that squares are rectangles too advanced a topic ...
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Why define the names of quadrilaterals so that some categories (rhombus and rectangle) intersect and some (kite and trapezoid) are disjoint?

We're using Pearson's Geometry in my class. As terms are defined there, Parallelograms include Rhombi (congruent sides), Rectangles (right angles), Squares (congruent sides and right angles, i.e. ...
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In what curricula are “rectangles” defined so as to exclude squares?

Most contemporary curricula define the word "rectangle" inclusively, so that all squares are automatically rectangles. Are there curricula in which this convention is not followed? That is, are ...
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Resources for precalculus applications

Do you know any good sources of free/open application-style problems for the precalculus level? I would like to use an OER precalculus book, but the few I am most happy with seem to lack (what we ...
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Books and worksheets on symmetry

At a local Math Circle, I loved some problems worked out through a hinged mirror to illustrate symmetry. I bought a hinged mirror from hand2mind.com, and am looking for some material, ideally books ...
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Learning High School Geometry in Ten Days

I would like to attempt this, as I want to place out of geometry next year. It is imperative that I do it now. How should I go about doing this? I have a copy of Elementary Geometry for College ...
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Resource to supplement to Euclid's Elements

I am an instructor at a mid-sized American university, preparing to teach a two-quarter geometry course for junior and senior math majors. My plan is to use Hartshorne's "Geometry: Euclid and Beyond," ...
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Is the Nomenclature of Triangle Congruency Proofs Consistent?

My Geometry class is doing triangle congruency proofs these days. In general, we find three pairs of congruent parts (sides or angles) in two triangles; we show that these congruencies reveal that the ...
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Applications of notable points and lines of a triangle

I am currently starting to teach math to highschool kids who don't do well on their own, and I'm teaching a guy about notable points and lines of a triangle (incenter, centroid, circumcenter, ...
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Using number theory instead geometry to introduce proof in Basic School?

It seems there is an overall agreement that Geometry is the right place to introduce proof in Basic School. However, number theory (arithmetic) looks like to be a more simple environment (consider, ...
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How do you explain straightness to a 5-year-old?

How do you explain straightness to a 5-year-old? I am having a hard time trying to explain straightness to little kids. I have been asked, "How do you know that the ruler is straight?" Are there any ...
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How to explain how to get an end point of a segment from the other end point and it's midpoint?

I've had to try to explain the following problem: Let $PQ$ be a line segment, given $P(x_1, y_1)$ and the midpoint $M(x_2, y_2)$, find the coordinates of $Q$. I always draw a diagram and draw $\...
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Can we explain to undergraduates how points make a line?

Many of my students arrive in college believing that lines are (in some way) made out of points. They also believe that points have no length. They want to know how a bunch of zero length points ...
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Learning Math like Euclid

I'm posting this here as it's off-topic for the Math stack exchange, and I'm hoping there will be some educators here that can point me in the right direction. I enjoyed watching the YouTube series ...
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Interesting math lesson on integers, Euclid's Elements, polyhedra, prime numbers, non-Euclidean geometry, arithmetic functions or graphs

I have to deliver a lecture for secondary school, about one of these topics: integers, Euclid's Elements, polyhedra, prime numbers, non-Euclidean geometry, arithmetic functions or graphs. It should ...
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Why should kids learn how to use a compass and straightedge, and not rely on a drawing program?

I am curious why it is necessary for people to learn how to use compasses and straightedges in geometry, and not just rely on a drawing program. I have a couple ideas, but I might be missing ...
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What is the term for the marks used to show congruence in geometric figures?

When looking at a given picture to be used in a geometric proof, often times single, double, or triple "slashes" mark off equal line segments or arcs. What is the correct term for these? I've seen ...
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How to teach mass center for young people

Could anyone recommend me some software that helps me teach about the centroid of an object? Something that was dynamic on the computer screen. Destined for 18 ...
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A formula for the area of a rectangle [closed]

This is a question about elementary geometry, so I think it belongs on this site. Let $d$ be the length of a diagonal in a rectangle, and let $m$ be half the perimeter. Then a formula for the area ...
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Wording VS mathematical notations

Is it better to write everything in words as the concepts themselves should be known? Or will some teachers in some countries prefer to be able to choose questions which also test the student's ...
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calculus without analytic geometry

How much of introductory calculus can be learned without using analytic geometry or for that matter any algebraic notations but simple euclidean geometry? Are there any resources(new ones not the old ...
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What is currently called geometry in high school?

I've encountered classes of 25 or so undergraduates in which more than half -- maybe two-thirds -- of the students claim to have had a high-school geometry course but none has seen a proof of the ...
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“A” or “The” Cartesian plane?

Which is correct terminology: "A Cartesian plane" or "The Cartesian plane"? (As in the directions for a section of homework being, "Plot a point on ______ Cartesian plane." In that context, I feel ...
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Consolidating three descriptions of a parabola in precalculus

I want to present these three descriptions of a parabolic curve to my precalculus class: The graph of a quadratic function $f(x) = ax^2+bx+c$. Given a line called the directrix and a point called the ...