Linking geometry and algebra with GeoGebra

Edwards, Julie-Ann and Jones, Keith (2006) Linking geometry and algebra with GeoGebra. Mathematics Teaching, 194, 28-30.


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GeoGebra is a software package and is so named because it combines geometry and algebra as equal mathematical partners in its representations. At one level, GeoGebra can be as a dynamic geometry system like other, commercially available, software. But this is only part of the story. Another window (the algebra part of GeoGebra) provides an insight into the relationship between the geometric aspects of figures and their algebraic representations. Here each equation or set of coordinates can be edited in the algebra window and the figure instantly changes. What is more, an equation (or a function) can be typed into the space at the foot of the GeoGebra interface and the corresponding geometric representation will appear in the geometry window. Perhaps utilising GeoGebra could inspire a change from regular forms of enrichment/ extension activity to things that need high level thinking, and things that pupils may find themselves wanting to follow-up outside school lessons.

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Additional Information: The pagination of this author's proof copy is almost exactly as it appears in the version published in journal. Note that the article is also reproduced, with permission, in issue 4 of the 2006 Wellington (NZ) Mathematics Association newsletter, pp12-14
ISSNs: 0025-5785 (print)
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Keywords: pedagogy, curriculum, teaching education, mathematics, computers, ict, algebra, geometry, geogebra, dgs, dge, cabri, gsp, sketchpad
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Mathematics and Science Education
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Southampton Education School > Mathematics, Science & Health Education (MSHE)
ePrint ID: 19198
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January 2006Published
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2006
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2017 09:48

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