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What are length and width?
- Angles: Acute, Right, Obtuse, Reflex [06/06/2001]
How can I remember what the names of angles mean?
- Area and Perimeter [05/01/2001]
I do not understand area and perimeter - can you explain them?
- Area and Volume [04/10/2002]
I cannot figure out how to do volume.
- Turning a Perimeter into a Scale Factor [02/17/2003]
Perimeter and area ratios of similar figures are given. Find each
- Using a Protractor [06/28/1998]
How do you construct two parallel lines and intersect them making a
- A 14-Sided Polygon [7/28/1996]
What is the proper name for a 14-sided figure?
- 2 Square Feet vs. 2 Feet Square [11/22/1998]
What is the difference between 2 square feet and 2 feet square?
- 7-, 9-Sided Polygons [9/13/1996]
What is the name of a 7-sided figure? a 9-sided figure? Is one of these ever called a septagon? If "septi" means seven, why is September
the 9th month of the year?
- Adjacent Angles [09/19/2001]
What is the definition of adjacent angles?
- Area Larger Than Perimeter? [04/15/2002]
Can the area of a shape be larger than the perimeter?
- Area of an L [07/10/2003]
How do you find the area of an 'L' shaped object?
- Areas of Figures Broken into Rectangles [10/17/2001]
Calculate the area of each figure. First divide the figure into
rectangles and squares...
- Area: Triangle vs. Rectangle [4/30/1996]
Why do you have to use a different formula to get the area of a triangle
than a rectangle or square?
- Area vs. Perimeter of Rectangles [03/19/2000]
Can you explain how two rectangles with exactly the same perimeter can
enclose different areas?
- Circle Area and Circumference [03/16/2002]
Are radius and diameter the same as area and circumference?
- Circumference vs. Perimeter [05/09/2003]
Technically speaking, can the term 'perimeter' apply to a circle in a
- Complementary or Supplementary? [04/02/2001]
I keep getting complementary and supplementary mixed up. How can I
remember which is which?
- Coordinates in the Cartesian Plane [01/21/2005]
How do I get the coordinates for a point on a graph?
- Cutting Slits in a Piece of Paper [02/01/2002]
How can you cut a hole in a piece of paper so a person can go through it?
- A Definition of Geometry [2/1/1996]
A fifth grader asks Dr. Math to give her a definition of geometry.
- Deriving the Area Formula for a Circle [03/08/2000]
Why is the area of a circle the square of the radius times pi?
- Dividing Land by Area vs. Perimeter [11/05/1999]
What are the advantages of dividing land by area vs. perimeter?
- Eleven Sections of Fence [05/29/2003]
I have a grid containing 16 squares. Each square represents 1 acre. I
need to draw 11 sections of fence along the dotted lines of the
squares so that 4 fields are formed, each containing 4 acres of land.
- Equable Shapes [04/26/2001]
Is there a rule for how to get equable shapes, that is, shapes with the
same area and perimeter?
- Euler's Formula [11/26/2001]
I have to find Euler's formula for two-dimensional figures and explain it
at a university level and at an elementary-school level.
- Figuring Square Footage and Yardage [12/14/2002]
What is the exact calculation used in order to determine square
footage or yardage of a given room?
- Flatland, by Edwin Abbott [8/21/1996]
I need any info about the book FLATLAND by Edwin Abbott and how it can be
used in the classroom.
- Flips, Reflections, Rotation, and Quadrants [11/10/1998]
These terms are being used to describe the movement of shapes. What do
they really stand for?
- Fourth Grade Geometry Questions [4/24/1995]
My grade 4 regular education students are wondering if curved lines can
be parallel lines.
- Geometric Objects [4/1/1996]
Name objects in the real world that suggest geometric figures, including lines and planes.
- Intersection of Circles [10/08/1998]
I do not understand the term intersection in geometry.
- Learning Proofs [12/19/1995]
I'm a fourth grader interested in learning how to do proofs. Can you
recommend some good books on the different techniques used and how they
- Left Angles [06/01/1999]
What is a left angle?
- Line Segments and the Origins of Geometry [6/7/1995]
How can segments be lines? Why is geometry called geometry?
- Mobius Strips, Spheres, and Dimensionality [05/28/2003]
Is a Mobius Strip 2-D or 3-D? Or is it 1-D? What about a sphere?
- Obtuse angles [11/10/1994]
What is an obtuse angle?
- One Dimension [05/13/2003]
Is there such a thing as 1D?
- Planting Trees [08/13/2002]
I have to plant 10 trees in 5 rows with 4 trees in each row.
- Polyominos [08/11/1999]
What is the definition of a polyomino?
- Rays and Angles [11/24/1997]
Do rays have an arrow on both ends, or is that an angle?
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