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 |

Tool: Poly Review