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Topic: Trapezoid definition
Replies: 26   Last Post: Oct 7, 2004 11:51 PM

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 Floor van Lamoen Posts: 183 Registered: 12/3/04
Re: Trapezoid definition
Posted: Aug 9, 2000 3:55 AM

Hi,

My actual problem with those definitions is not that they are difficult
to deal with. In my honest opinion these definitions are unmathematical
in the sense that mathematics generalizes things.

The trapezoid is a weaker form of a rectangle (which is a weaker form of
a square), and as such theorems on geometric properties of trapezoids
naturally include rectangles (and squares). I am afraid that if one
teaches pupils to be precise on these exclusive definitions, one teaches
them to focus on the wrong things, and perhaps forget the important
concept of generalization.

We wouldn't like to use exclusive definitions for number sets like
Natural numbers, Integers, Rational numbers, Real numbers and Complex
numbers, do we? It's so good that those include each other! The use of
exclusive definitions of - for example - trapezoids, is rather the same.

Kind regards,
Floor van Lamoen.

John Conway wrote:
>
> On Tue, 8 Aug 2000, Floor van Lamoen wrote:
>

> > No, No!!
> >
> > One must call it the "Trapezoid-Rectangle-or-Square Rule" of course, if
> > one really wants to use exclusive definitions.

>
> Thanks, Floor! This just goes to illustrate my point that it's
> so hard to work with the exclusive definitions that even the best of
> us (as I modestly term myself) can't actually manage to do it!
>
> John Conway

Date Subject Author
8/7/00 John Benson
8/8/00 John Conway
8/8/00 Floor van Lamoen
8/8/00 John Conway
8/9/00 Floor van Lamoen
8/9/00 mary krimmel
8/9/00 Lee Rudolph
10/17/02 Julio Albornoz
10/18/02 Walter Whiteley
10/18/02 G.E. Ivey
10/28/03 Pamela Paramour
10/28/03 Walter Whiteley
10/28/03 John Conway
10/29/03 Mary Krimmel
10/29/03 John Conway
10/30/03 Rick Nungester
9/28/04 Kit
9/28/04 David W. Cantrell
9/28/04 NealAgMan@nyc.rr.com
9/28/04 Mary Krimmel
10/7/04 Donna W.
10/7/04 Donna W.
10/23/02 Ken.Pledger@vuw.ac.nz
10/25/02 Pat ballew
8/9/00 Jon Marshall
8/9/00 Floor van Lamoen
8/10/00 John Conway