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Dynamic Explorations

JavaSketchpad? is a dynamic environment that lets you interact with algebra and geometry constructions on the Internet. This page contains a JavaSketch. If this is the first JavaSketch you've encountered since starting your browser, it may take a few minutes to load. Once the illustration appears at right, you can interact with it by dragging the red points.

JavaSketchpad is an extension of The Geometer's Sketchpad?. You do not need The Geometer's Sketchpad to use these explorations, but you do need to have a Java?-compatible Web browser.

Chapter 0

  • Daisy Designs
    Learn how to create the daisy designs shown on page 11 of Discovering Geometry. These JavaSketches will help you better understand how to use a compass or geometry software to make your own daisy designs.

Chapter 1

  • Spiral Designs
    Learn how to create a spiral design. This exploration will help you better understand how to use compass and straightedge or geometry software to complete the Spiral Designs Project on page 35 of Discovering Geometry.
  • Protractor
    Learn how to use a protractor using this interactive electronic version. This will help you understand how to use your own protractor to do Example B on page 40 and the exercises at the end of Lesson 1.2 of Discovering Geometry.
  • Three Types of Angles
    Explore the differences between right, acute, and obtuse angles. This dynamic sketch gives infinitely many examples, helping you write definitions for the Investigation on page 49 of Discovering Geometry.
  • Treasure Hunt
    Use this exploration to solve Example C on page 75 of Discovering Geometry. Then extend the scenario and explore different types of solutions that could come up for similar locus problems.

Chapter 2

  • Special Angles on Parallel Lines
    Investigate the properties of the angles that are formed when a transversal cuts two parallel lines. Then formulate the Parallel Lines Conjecture (C-3) on page 127 of Discovering Geometry.
  • The Sierpinski Triangle
    Investigate the Sierpinski triangle and its properties. This exploration is similar to the Exploration Patterns in Fractals on pages 135-137 of Discovering Geometry.

Chapter 3

  • Triangle Centers
    Investigate the behavior of the incenter, circumcenter, and orthocenter of a triangle as the triangle changes from acute to obtuse. Use this sketch to extend the investigations on pages 176-178 in Lesson 3.7 of Discovering Geometry or to help you solve Exercises 10 and 11 on page 180.
  • The Centroid
    Use the sketches on this page to investigate the medians of a triangle, state the Median Concurrency Conjecture (C-14), and state the Centroid Conjecture (C-15). This activity can be used as a replacement or extension of Investigation 1 on pages 183???184 in Lesson 3.8 of Discovering Geometry.
  • The Euler Line
    Discover how the points of concurrency of a triangle relate to a special line, the Euler line. This activity is an alternative way to complete the Exploration on pages 189???190 of Discovering Geometry.

Chapter 4

  • Triangles in a Circle
    Investigate the properties of a triangle with one vertex at the center of a circle and the other two vertices on the circumference of the circle. This will help you to solve Exercise 9 on page 207 of Discovering Geometry.
  • The Triangle Inequality
    The shortest path between two points is a segment. See how this property is related to the lengths of the three sides of a triangle. Then formulate the Triangle Inequality Conjecture (C-21) on page 214 of Discovering Geometry.
  • Random Triangles
    When a segment is randomly cut into three segments, sometimes a triangle can be formed from the segments, and sometimes it can't. If you have Fathom Dynamic Data??? software, you can use the Random Triangles demonstration in the sample activities at the Fathom Resources Center to help you complete the project on page 218 of Discovering Geometry.
  • Changing Triangle
    Investigate the properties of a triangle with a median as one vertex moves parallel to the base. This will help you solve Exercise 22 on page 233 of Discovering Geometry.

Chapter 5

  • The Exterior Angle Sum of a Polygon
    Investigate the sum of the exterior angles of a polygon. Then formulate the Exterior Angle Sum Conjecture (C-33) and the Equiangular Polygon Conjecture (C-34) on page 261 of Discovering Geometry.
  • Properties of Kites
    Investigate the properties of kites. Then formulate the Kite Angles Conjecture (C-35), the Kite Diagonals Conjecture (C-36), the Kite Diagonal Bisector Conjecture (C-37), and the Kite Angle Bisector Conjecture (C-38) on pages 266???267 of Discovering Geometry.
  • Properties of Parallelograms
    Use this activity to discover some special properties of parallelograms. Then formulate the Parallelogram Opposite Angle Conjecture (C-45), the Parallelogram Consecutive Angle Conjecture (C-46), the Parallelogram Opposite Sides Conjecture (C-47), and the Parallelogram Diagonals Conjecture (C-48) on pages 279???280 of Discovering Geometry.
  • Resultant Vector
    See how an airplane's engine velocity combines with the wind's velocity to determine the resulting speed and direction of the plane. This sketch is a dynamic version of the illustration on page 281 of Discovering Geometry.
  • Properties of Special Parallelograms
    Discover some properties of rhombuses, rectangles, and squares, and formulate five conjectures (C-49 to C-53). This dynamic geometry exploration can be used to replace or extend the investigations on pages 287???290 of Discovering Geometry.

Chapter 6

  • Chord Properties
    Discover several properties of chords and formulate five conjectures (C-54 to C-58). This dynamic geometry exploration can be used to replace or extend the investigations on pages 307???310 of Discovering Geometry.
  • Intersecting Chords
    Use this dynamic exploration to discover a relationship between the measure of an angle formed by two intersecting chords and the intercepted arcs. This will help you complete the mini-investigation (Exercises 16 and 17) on page 335 of Discovering Geometry.
  • Intersecting Secants
    Discover a relationship between the measure of an angle formed by two intersecting chords and the intercepted arcs. This will help you complete the mini-investigation (Exercise 9) on page 339 of Discovering Geometry.

Chapter 8

  • Area Formula for Parallelograms
    Discover how the area formula for a parallelogram is based upon the area formula for rectangles. This dynamic exploration can be used to replace or extend the investigation on page 412 of Discovering Geometry.
  • Areas of Triangles, Trapezoids, and Kites
    Use the area formula for rectangles and parallelograms to discover or demonstrate the formulas for the areas of triangles, trapezoids, and kites. This dynamic geometry exploration gives you an alternative way to complete the investigations on pages 417???418 of Discovering Geometry.

Chapter 9

  • The Theorem of Pythagoras
    Learn more about the Pythagorean Theorem and see whether or not it works for triangles that are not right triangles. This investigation will help you understand Lesson 9.1 on pages 462???464 of Discovering Geometry.

Chapter 11

  • Similar Triangles
    Investigate shortcuts for triangle similarity, including AA, AAA, SS, SSS, SAS, SSA, ASA, and SAA. These dynamic sketches will help you understand which shortcuts work under all circumstances. This exploration can be used to replace or extend the investigations starting on page 572 in Lesson 11.2 of Discovering Geometry.
  • Similar Polygons
    Investigate the proportional relationships between the sides of similar polygons, including the Proportional Parts Conjecture (C-96) for similar triangles. This exploration can be used to replace or extend the Investigation 1 on page 586 in Lesson 11.4 of Discovering Geometry.
  • Similar Solids
    Investigate proportional relationships between similar polygons, including the Proportional Areas Conjecture (C-98) and Proportional Volumes Conjecture (C-99). This exploration can be used to replace or extend the investigations on pages 592-594 in Lesson 11.5 of Discovering Geometry.

Chapter 12

  • The Law of Cosines
    Validate for yourself the Law of Cosines, given on page 642 of Discovering Geometry. This law answers the question, "What happens to the Pythagorean Theorem for acute triangles or obtuse triangles?"