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Author:Museum of Natural Science and Scientific Instruments of the University of Modena
Description: Models of machines based on scientific and technical literature dating back to classical Greece. Among other didactic goals, La collezione di Macchine Matematiche aims to foster reflection on the historical relationships between mathematics, society, and culture. See photos, descriptions, proofs of relevant properties, and Cabri Geometry animations of machines that draw on principles of conic sections, projection and perspective, transformations, and curvigraphs. In Italian, with an introductory overview in English; also available on CD-ROM.

Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English, Italian
Resource Types: Graphics, Simulations, Museums, Cabri Geometry
Math Topics: Conic Sections and Circles, Triangles and Other Polygons, Projective Geometry, Transformational Geometry, History and Biography

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