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Category Archives: Math Software
Iteration in the Complex Plane
The cover story of the April 2014 issue of Mathematics Teacher is on “Iteration in the Complex Plane”, by Robin S. O’Dell. It sounds like pretty advanced mathematics, but is surprisingly accessible with The Geometer’s Sketchpad. It’s all based on … Continue reading
Simultaneous Equations in Elementary School? You Bet!
Algebra classes devote considerable time to equations in a single variable before solving multiple equations in two or more unknowns. But just because elementaryage students are not familiar with algebraic symbolism doesn’t mean they can’t solve simultaneous equations, too! The … Continue reading
Arranging Addends Puzzles
Below is an interactive puzzle called Arranging Addends. The goal of the puzzle is to arrange the circles and the six numbers (1, 2, 4, 8, 16, and 32) so that three conditions are met simultaneously: The sum of the numbers … Continue reading
Discovering the Angle Sum and Difference Identities
In my Advanced Methods class at Penn’s Graduate School of Education, my students are working in groups to create shared lesson plans using an inquiry approach. For a number of reasons it can be challenging for these preservice teachers to … Continue reading
A Hidden Polygons Puzzle
Take a look at the two groups of shapes below. Both groups contain an equilateral triangle and a square. Now imagine that you showed students each group and asked them to identify the shapes. Do you think students would do … Continue reading
Wait for a Date
Last year, I wrote a blog post about the following probability question: Two friends arrange for a lunch date between 12:00 and 1:00. A week later, however, neither of them remembers the exact meeting time. As a result, each person … Continue reading
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A Pythagorean Tree Grows in Your Web Browser
A little over a year ago, the Museum of Mathematics opened in the heart of New York City. I blogged about the museum last January, and have since returned with friends and a class of community college students. One of … Continue reading
Discovery by Dragging
A few days ago I led a webinar on the Common Core and Sketchpad for Sketchpad beginners, and I showed four Sketchpad activities aligned with both the Content Standards and the Standards for Mathematical Practice. I mixed it up a … Continue reading
Aligning Objects in Sketchpad
I recently got a question from a question from a user about how to line up text objects. The question was both about lining up objects on a page, and about lining them up from one page to the next, … Continue reading
Learn to Multiply Like No Bunny’s Business
It started with an unassuming bunny that hopped along a number line. In 2011, our team at KCP Technologies released Sketchpad Explorer for the iPad, making it possible for teachers and students to interact with desktop Sketchpad models on their … Continue reading