NCTM San Diego Presentation Summary

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This is the summary of a presentation given at the 74th Annual NCTM Meeting, 25-28 April 1996, San Diego, CA.
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Great Pyramid of Giza: A Hands-On Geometry Project Integrating Art and History

The Great Pyramid of Giza: A hands on geometry project integrating art and history of ancient Egypt. The mathematical content includes: congruency and similarity, constructing nets for geometric solids, making scale drawings, applying proportionalities in similar shapes; exploring effect of linear scale change on areas and volumes, applying Pythagorean Theorem and pi, calculating geometric mean, measuring angles, estimating, and spatial problem solving. The project is designed for grades 7 - 10. Students' work will be displayed, showing comparative models of both The Great Pyramid and their school. A five minute video section will illustrate a classic problem related to the Giza Pyramid. A hand-out will be provided.

Bente B. Winston (Sussex School, Missoula, MT)

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