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Topic: Geometry
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Richard Sisley

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Posted: Mar 7, 2001 8:25 PM
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Subject: Question 1
Author: Richard Sisley
Date: 7 March 2001

Dear Professor Zhang,

I have been personally involved in designing a new sequence of courses
for college bound students in the United States. Geometry is present in
each of the four courses. The presence begins in course one on the
first day with an introduction to transformations of the plane.
Transformational geometry provides a line to algebra in many ways. It
can also play a strong role in the study of elementary functions. For
example, the graphs of all quadratic functions can be linked to the
graph of the basic y = x^2 function by simple transformations. As
another example, all exponential functions can be transformed onto each
other with a type of transformation called in our materials a horizontal
scale change.

The transformational linkage of functions can be used for several
purposes, including introducing the Chain Rule for Derivatives in

Transformations are very teachable today if the students and teachers
have access to, and make use of technology including graphing
calculators and classroom computer displays using software such as the
Geometer's Sketchpad.

I can provide you with more detailed information if you would like.


Richard Sisley

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