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Tool: Poly Review
Teacher Review (Based on classroom experience)
Reviewer: Jon, Apr 3 2005 12:36:48:303PM
Classroom use in Courses and Topics:

Geometry: Special topics
Discrete Math: Graphs and Trees, Paths and Circuits, Isomorphisms of Graphs
Duration of classroom use:
Multiple Weeks
What did students learn?
The students learned a lot about the regular and semi-regular polyhedra. Poly also presents a two-dimensional projection known as a Schelegel diagram for each polyhedron. This allows you to view polyhedra as graphs.
What did students do with the resource?
Used it to learn more about the regular and semi-regular polyhedra. The more advanced students could use it to learn about the Catalan Solids which are duals of the semi-regulars. They also used the program to create nets for the polyhedra so they could construct three-dimensional models.
How hard was it for students to use?
Very Easy
Appropriate for:
introduction to a concept, practice of skills and understandings, applications of a concept or technique, advanced investigations
What math does one need to know to use the resource?
Basic plane geometry and some graph theory.
What hardware expertise does one need to learn to use the resource?
none
What extra things must be done to make it work?
It is helpful to have access to a color printer for the production of nice 3D models
How hard was it for you to learn?
Very Easy
Explanation:
The software was very easy to use and requires only the ability to work in a point and click environment. To take full advantage of the software, a comprehensive source of information about the different types of polyhedra would be useful.
Ability to meet my goals:
Very Ineffective
Recommended for:

Geometry: Special topics
Discrete Math: Graphs and Trees, Isomorphisms of Graphs