Math 230 Dr. Perdue
Page 2 of 3Now, using our text, the Internet, or any other resource you’d like, writethe formulas requested below. Remember to state what each variablestands for; for example, the Area
where s = the length of the sideof the square.1.
Part II: Action
In 1899 a mathematician named Georg Pick discovered a formula (directrule) for calculating the area of a polygon on a Geoboard using only twovariables, the number of
(pegs found inside the polygon) andthe number of
(pegs that are touching a rubber band, canalso think of as vertices of the polygon). In this activity, we will re-discoverhis formula through exploration. Because our intent is to discover a formulathat works for all polygons, we will first explore with polygons that we caneasily “see” the answer. As an example, look at the two polygons shown onGeoboards below:Can you “see” that the area of Polygon #1 is 8 squares? Polygon #2,however, is harder because not all the squares are whole. However, by thetime we are done, you will be able to easily calculate the area of Polygon #2using only the number of interior and exterior points.Since we are looking for patterns, we will take a systematic approach tothe polygons we create. For example, we’ll try to make several polygons withthe same area but that have different numbers of interior and boundarypoints so we can determine the effect they have on the result.
Polygon #1Polygon #2