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Topic: Taxicab Geometry
Replies: 3   Last Post: Feb 24, 1995 3:10 PM

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Henri Picciotto

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Re: Taxicab Geometry
Posted: Feb 24, 1995 3:10 PM
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This will not answer Art's question, but I would like to point out
that taxicab geometry is an excellent topic in grades 8-10,
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






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