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ERIC Number: EJ916632
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1062-9351
Ancient Pyramids Help Students Learn Math Concepts
Smith, Courtney D.; Stump, Amanda M.; Lazaros, Edward J.
Tech Directions, v70 n1 p22-24 Aug 2010
This article presents an activity that allows students to use mathematics and critical-thinking skills to emulate processes used by the ancient Egyptians to prepare the site for the Pyramids of Giza. To accomplish this, they use three different methods. First, they create a square using only simple technological tools that were available to the ancient Egyptians. Second, they create a square using modern drawing instruments: a protractor, compass, and pencil. Finally, students use The Geometer's Sketchpad mathematical software to create a square. They then compare these three methods and write a one-page word-processed paper discussing the similarities and differences among these methods. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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