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Description: Poly is a shareware program for exploring and constructing polyhedra. With Poly, you can manipulate polyhedral solids on the computer in a variety of ways. Flattened versions (nets) of polyhedra may be printed and then cut out, folded, and taped, to produce three-dimensional models.
Technology Type: Computer 
Author: Pedagoguery Software Inc.
Language: English, Spanish, French 
Cost: Does not require payment for use

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Courses: Math 5 Polyhedra
Math 6 Polyhedra, Perspective (3-D in 2-D)
Math 7 Polyhedra, Platonic solids, Archemedian solids, Prisms, 2-D nets -> 3-D figures
Geometry Pyramids, Prisms, 2D pictures of 3D solids

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Reviewer: Jon, Apr 3 2005 12:36:48:303PM
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.
Recommended for: Geometry: Special topics
Discrete Math: Graphs and Trees, Isomorphisms of Graphs
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