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Re: Taxicab Geometry
Posted:
Feb 24, 1995 3:10 PM


This will not answer Art's question, but I would like to point out that taxicab geometry is an excellent topic in grades 810, particularly if introduced before (or along with) the Pythagorean Theorem and Euclidean distance in the Cartesian plane. It is also useful to have discussed taxicab distance prior to or along with discussion of slope.
The reason I make this claim is that I have noticed that common mistakes in these other contexts are reduced when we acknowledge students' interest in counting along graph paper lines and study that view of distance explicitely.
Henri



