San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
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Teaching Pythagoras’s Theorem with SoftwarePythagoras’s Theorem is one of the most famous equations in mathematics.Since he derived this theorem on the shores of Greece the world has used it tobuild the strong structures throughout the ages. The equation is simple a 2 + b2 =c2. How do you teach this to students who have grown up with Sesame Street aprogram which provided short term entertainment? Utah State UniversityNational Library of Virtual Manipulatives has come up with a puzzle that issupposed to teach this theorem. The software presents a puzzle and the studentis challenged to fill in the pieces to complete a square. I have watched teacherswho are excellent in puzzle solving complete the challenge but have no idea howthis can be used as a teaching tool for the Pythagorean theory. This paper isconcerned with solving the puzzle and explaining why the puzzle teaches thePythagorean theorem.
Pariser, B. (2012, June), Teaching Pythagoras's Theorem Using Software Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22013
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