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Student notes for basic investigation of triangles using The Geometer's Sketchpad
Student notes for basic investigation of triangles using The Geometer's Sketchpad

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Create triangles, drawing from sides alone.
Construction
1.Open a new Sketchpad worksheet. (Click on tab T1 in your workbook.)2.On the TOOLBOX Palette, select SEGMENT. Click, drag and release the mouse to drawa straight line. Click on the second point, drag and release to form a V. Click on the lastpoint, drag and release the mouse on the first point to form a triangle.3.Repeat step 2. twice more to create two more triangles.4.On the EDIT Menu, select PREFERENCES. Click on the UNITS tab. For DISTANCE, selectCM for the UNITS and select TENTHS for the PRECISION. Click OK.5.On the TOOLBOX Palette, select POINTER. Click the mouse on a blank part of theworksheet to clear any selected objects. Click the mouse on the line segment to bemeasured. On the MEASURE menu, select LENGTH. The length value will appearonscreen, together with the points (for example : mAB = 4.7 cm).6.Repeat step 5. to measure all the sides of the three triangles. As you measure, thetriangles will be labeled ABC, DEF and GHI.7.Click and drag each side measurement statement next to the middle of the sidemeasured.8.Click and drag any or all of the triangle vertices to adjust the triangle to form the shaperequired. One triangle must be an equilateral triangle, the second must be an isoscelestriangle, while the third must be a scalene triangle. On the FILE menu, select PRINTPREVIEW to check that all three triangles fit on a single A4 page. Click CANCEL to exitPRINT PREVIEW.9.On the TOOLBOX Palette, select TEXT. Click and drag the mouse under a triangle, andin the box that appears, type in its name. Repeat this process under the other twotriangles.10.On the FILE Menu, select SAVE.
Demonstrate
Write out definitions of these types of triangles, based on their sides :(i)Equilateral(ii)Isosceles(iii)Scalene

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Create triangles, drawing from angles alone.
Construction
1.Open a new Sketchpad worksheet. (Click on tab T2 in your workbook.)2.On the TOOLBOX Palette, select SEGMENT. Click, drag and release the mouse to drawa straight line. Click on the second point, drag and release to form a V. Click on the lastpoint, drag and release the mouse on the first point to form a triangle.3.Repeat step 2. twice more to create two more triangles.4.On the EDIT Menu, select PREFERENCES. Click on the UNITS tab. For ANGLE, selectDEGREES for the UNITS and select UNITS for the PRECISION. Click OK.5.On the TOOLBOX Palette, select POINTER. Click the mouse on a blank part of theworksheet to clear any selected objects.Click the mouse on the three points that form the angle to be measured, ensuring that theangle vertex is the SECOND point selected. On the MEASURE menu, select ANGLE. Theangle value will appear onscreen, with the angle labels.6.Repeat step 5. to measure all the angles of the three triangles. As you measure, thetriangles will be labeled ABC, DEF and GHI.7.On the TOOLBOX Palette, select POINTER and click and drag each angle measurementstatement next to the vertex of that angle.8.Click and drag any or all of the triangle vertices to adjust the triangle to form the shaperequired. One triangle must be an obtuse-angled triangle, the second must be an acute-angled triangle, while the third must be a right-angled triangle. On the FILE menu, selectPRINT PREVIEW to check that all three triangles fit on a single A4 page. Click CANCELto exit PRINT PREVIEW.9.On the TOOLBOX Palette, select TEXT. Click and drag the mouse under a triangle, andin the box that appears, type in its name. Repeat this process under the other twotriangles.10.On the FILE Menu, select SAVE.
Demonstrate
Write out definitions of these types of triangles, based on their angles :(i)Obtuse(ii)Acute(iii)Right-angled