don steward
mathematics teaching 10 ~ 16

Monday, 3 March 2014

joining the corners of squares

this task involves producing diagrams that look a little bit like a child's windmill

it is from Pat's blog (Pat Ballew, Kentucky, USA)
and has some neat extensions
a powerpoint

you can begin this application of Pythagoras task by asking students to draw a square inside another square on a dotty grid
then join the corners in a "windmill" manner - that really needs to be demonstrated
(and needs to be done in a regular way)

or ask them what is happening:

there is a need to be consistent in the way that corners are joined:
(mine is different to Pat's...)

students could find as many options as they can on 7 by 7 (or is it 6 by 6) dotty grids
and some options can be presented to show that the 'inside' square could have a length (or two) on the perimeter of the larger square

sometimes you can find pairs that have the same total

maybe give sheet (a) to one student and sheet (b) to another

their solutions should be the same (but in a different order)

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