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Sharon
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Re: a little light humor
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Jul 1, 2008 6:53 PM



This is an excellent representation of the way a student might have interpreted this problem.? Thank you for taking the time to locate it and share it.
Perhaps you should share it with SED as well :)
Sharon :)
Perhaps if you took a look at this picture, you'd understand how something can be rectangular and go around something.?
http://penick.net/digging/images/2008_05_13%20Gardens%20on%20Tour/Spencer%20garden_pond.JPG
Assume for a moment that those blocks were stepping stones in a garden.? How would you describe that shape? I only spent a couple seconds looking for such a picture, so it's not exactly a walkway.?? But, also note, the blocks are each approximately 1 square foot.? Again, I don't find the perimeter interpretation incorrect.?? If someone said that bikers in a velodrome ride around a banked?oval path, would you correct them because the center of the oval isn't paved?
Original Message From: TKENYON@crcs.wnyric.org To: nysmathab@mathforum.org Sent: Tue, 1 Jul 2008 3:39 pm Subject: Re: a little light humor
Perhaps if you took a look at this picture, you'd understand how something can be rectangular and go around something.?
http://penick.net/digging/images/2008_05_13%20Gardens%20on%20Tour/Spencer%20garden_pond.JPG
Assume for a moment that those blocks were stepping stones in a garden.? How would you describe that shape? I only spent a couple seconds looking for such a picture, so it's not exactly a walkway.?? But, also note, the blocks are each approximately 1 square foot.? Again, I don't find the perimeter interpretation incorrect.?? If someone said that bikers in a velodrome ride around a banked?oval path, would you correct them because the center of the oval isn't paved?
Tom
ownernysmathab@mathforum.org wrote: 
To: nysmathab@mathforum.org From: numb3rs314 <mstefano@adelphia.net> Sent by: ownernysmathab@mathforum.org Date: 06/28/2008 07:59AM Subject: Re: a little light humor
And then the thought process is  how could it be a RECTANGULAR ?walkway if it is around a garden? ?Aha! ?Rectangular means it has the shape of a rectangle. ?Much younger students can tell you that.
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