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ERIC Number: EJ1012243
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Impossible Geometric Constructions: A Calculus Writing Project
Awtrey, Chad
PRIMUS, v23 n2 p141-149 2013
This article discusses a writing project that offers students the opportunity to solve one of the most famous geometric problems of Greek antiquity; namely, the impossibility of trisecting the angle [pi]/3. Along the way, students study the history of Greek geometry problems as well as the life and achievements of Carl Friedrich Gauss. Included is a discussion of the project, common student difficulties, and a sample grading rubric. The materials have been successfully integrated into second-semester calculus courses at the author's home institution--a liberal arts university, where calculus class sizes average between 25 and 30 students. The project is also suitable for students of more advanced courses, such as geometry and abstract algebra. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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