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From: Jared

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2004060801:17:02
Subject: Re: Polar Graphs

Polar coordinates and similarity were used to construct Mt. Rushmore! The sculptor made a small model of 4 faces. On top of each head was placed a "ruler" with a string on the end and a weight. The ruler would be swung out a given number of degrees and the then the distance, to say the end of Lincolns nose would be measured. Then on the actual mountain, they had a BIG ruler/piece of wood and they would decide how much to detonate/drill by using the same degrees and distance. Sounds like r and theta to me! Jared

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