ERIC Number: ED440878
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
The Joy of Creating Virtual Mathematical Sculptures.
The process of turning symbols into a mathematical sculpture has never been easier. A copy of Maple V release five and a Web browser configured with a VRML plug-in such as the Cosmo Player is necessary to do these activities. Maple V furnishes the computing environment with the capability of allowing for concentration on the mathematical formulation while silently taking care of the nonmathematical procedures needed in the visualization. Cosmo Player, on the other hand, creates the kind of visualization environment that lets the user experience the thrill of manipulating virtual geometric objects by rotating, dragging, and zooming. Building virtual 3D models creates many fruitful learning activities. This paper presents examples of building virtual 3D models by using the above mentioned instruments. The Maple codes in creating these objects is located at: http://poncelet.math.nthu.edu.tw/chuan/exp99/14/cone2.mws. (ASK)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Geometric Constructions, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction
For full text: http://poncelet.math.nthu.edu.tw/chuan/talk/s1.html.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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