Squares on the Coordinate Grid

21 Sep

I’ve written before about Squares on the Coordinate Grid, an Illustrative Mathematics task using coordinate geometry.

CCSS-M G-GPE.B.7 Use coordinates to compute perimeters of polygons and areas of triangles and rectangles, e.g., using the distance formula.

How do you provide opportunities for your students to practice I can look for and make use of structure?

SMP7 #LL2LU Gough-Wilson

How do you draw a square with an area of 2 on the coordinate grid?

It helped some students to start by thinking about what 2 square units looks like, which was easier to see in a non-special rectangle.

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What’s true about the side length of a square with an area of 2?

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How could we arrange 2 square units into a square?

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How do you know the figure is a square? Is it enough for all four sides to be square root of 2?

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CC made his thinking visible by reflecting on his learning after class:

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“Now drawing the square root of two exactly on paper is nearly impossible unless you know how to use right triangles.”

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Posted by on September 21, 2016 in Coordinate Geometry, Geometry


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