Front, Side, and Top Views
Date: 11/22/2003 at 11:30:00 From: Sirat Subject: Front, side, top views I'm a teacher in Thailand. My 7th grade students are learning about the relationship between two and three dimension. I'm having trouble explaining to them what the terms 'front view', 'side view', and 'top view' mean. Can you help me?
Date: 11/23/2003 at 17:13:00 From: Doctor Ian Subject: Re: Front, side, top views Hi Sirat, One way to think about it is this. Imagine that the shape is sitting so that it's centered at the origin of an x-y-z coordinate frame. Now, if you position yourself along the x-axis and look at the shape, that's a 'front view'. If you position yourself along the y-axis and look at the shape, that's a 'side' view. If you position yourself along the z-axis and look at the shape, that's a 'top' view. Note that something can look very different from these three views. For example, look at the cover illustration of this book: When viewed from the front, it looks like a 'G'. Viewed from the side, it looks like an 'E'. Viewed from the top, it looks like a 'B'. Does this help? - Doctor Ian, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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