n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - Computers for experiments in the classroom

Volume 2008, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


Some years ago I decided to have some pupils (they weren't learners in those days) experiment with right-angled triangles, hoping that Pythagoras' Theorem would appear. So 24 kids drew right-angled triangles fairly carefully, measured fairly carefully, squared, added and ... . not one of them found that the property described by Pythagoras was apparent in their triangle.

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