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Ventress, Andy – Mathematics Teacher, 2008

This article describes the use of digital images of real-life phenomena and interactive software to carry out mathematics investigations. (Contains 13 figures.)

Descriptors: Computer Software, Mathematical Models, Educational Technology, Photography

Madden, Sean P.; Comstock, Jocelyn M.; Downing, James P. – Mathematics Teacher, 2006

This article describes how a series of lessons might be used to allow students to discover the size of the Earth, the distance to the Moon, the size of the Moon, and the altitude of Mount Piton on the Moon. Measurement with a sextant, principles of geometry and trigonometry, and historically important scientists and mathematicians are discussed.

Descriptors: Learning Activities, Class Activities, Astronomy, Mathematics

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Mathematics Teacher, 1984

Presented are instructions for activities in which a calculator is used to investigate algebraic concepts. Also presented are short computer programs involving topics taught in prealgebra and an activity in which a trapezoid is transformed into a circle. (JN)

Descriptors: Algebra, Calculators, Computer Software, Geometry

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Moser, James M. – Mathematics Teacher, 1985

With a standard geoboard, five pegs by five pegs, how many different triangles can be formed using a single rubber band with the pegs serving as vertices? Discusses ways to solve this problem and offers related problems and some pedagogical considerations (particularly for the teaching of geometry and problem solving). (JN)

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary Secondary Education, Geometry, Learning Activities

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Kenney, Margaret J.; Bezuszka, Stanley J. – Mathematics Teacher, 1984

Presents a collection of problems focusing on: (1) squares in arithmetic and number theory; (2) squares in geometry; (3) topics blending arithmetic and geometric aspects of squares; and (4) squares and Logo. A sample student worksheet (with answers) is included. (JN)

Descriptors: Arithmetic, Geometry, Junior High Schools, Learning Activities

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Kimberling, Clark – Mathematics Teacher, 1984

Presents an Applesoft computer program to help students translate abstract sentences into concrete visible lines and thereby discover and confirm facts about slopes, intercepts, angles, and intersections. The program graphs and analyzes lines, given as equations of the form Y equals M times X plus B. (JN)

Descriptors: Computer Software, Equations (Mathematics), Geometry, High Schools