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Given a 3 4 5 triangle, how do you know that it is a right triangle?

Without knowing the Pythagorean theorem, and in presenting reasons why the theorem might be true (without giving a full proof), is there any way to give examples of triangles that are intuitively ...
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The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and Vegetables

When I was an undergraduate, someone presented to me a proof of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus using entirely vegetables. I found this incredibly fun at the time, but I can't remember who ...
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Visual Pythagorean demonstration

I know that there is a visual demonstration of $a^2+b^2=c^2$ using a smalĺ piece of paper, but there are also a lot of variations. Which visual or drawing demonstration of the Pythagorean theorem can ...
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Styles of visualization in geometry

Some people talk about visual thinkers and non-visual thinkers, but I am interested in a contrast within styles of visual thinking. There are people who readily visualize complicated flow charts and ...
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Visual representation of Cartesian Product of groups

I'm today trying to construct a lesson on theory and problems of group theory. A specification of this lesson would be to use as much visual representations as possible. I have found some trivial ways ...
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About visual ways of teaching Math

There is a concept called 'Infographics' that uses lots of colourful diagrams and graphs and artwork to visually depict some set of concepts and tries to explain the ideas through pictures. I ...
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The role of visualization and intuition in graduate and postgraduate math and developing it

[I am not an mathematics educator; but because the process of learning is educating yourself, I'm posting it here] In Visual Complex Analysis's preface, the author gives an analogy with pseudo-deaf ...
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Solidifying Bubble Surfaces

Dip a wire frame into a bubble mix and you have a bubble forming a minimal surface spanning the wire frame. These bubble surfaces have been used to demonstrate math and physics concepts like ...
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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 ...