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Tool: A Plethora of Polyhedra
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Description: This is a free JAVA applet that helps users to study spatial geometry in a dynamic and interactive way. Using it, the user can rotate, zoom out, zoom in and translate a plethora of polyhedra. Moreover, the program is able to compute topological and geometrical duals of each polyhedron. Geometrical operations include unfolding, plane sections, truncation and stellation.
Technology Type: Java Applet
Author: Humberto Jose Bortolossi
Language: English
Cost: Does not require payment for use

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 Teacher Review (Based on classroom experience) Reviewer: Jethro, Feb 21 2010 10:35:42:060PM What did students learn? Students learned the relationship between 3-D objects and the 2-D nets that create them. Specifically, as an intro to nets, they learned about the Platonic solids as an enrichment before learning about general nets. Recommended for: Math 7: Geometry in the plane, Geometry in spaceGeometry: Perpendicular and parallel lines, Polygons, Perimeter, area, and volume Read the full length reviews for this resource
 NM Comment: Very professional & FREE! Great resource on polyhedron - program can easily be used by novice as well as an individual with a deeper backgeound.