# Directions: Follow these steps the construct a triangle in Geogebra.

Then complete the questions that go along with the
activity.
Steps:
1) Open up your GeoGebra software.
2) To construct a circle with center A passing through B, click the Circle with Center through Point tool,
click point A, then click point B.
3) To construct another circle with center B passing through A, with the Circle with Center though Point
still active, click point B and then click point A.
4) Next, we have to intersect the circles. To intersect the two circles, click the inverted triangle on the New
Point tool, select Intersect Two Objects, then click on both of the circles. Notice that two points will
appear in their intersections.
5) We only need three points, points A, B and C, to form a triangle, so we will hide the two circles,
segment AB and point D. To do this, right click each object and click the Show Object option to
uncheck it. In hiding segment AB, be sure that you do not click points A or B.
6) With only three points remaining on the drawing pad, click the Polygon tool and click the points in the
following order: point A, point B, point C and then point A to close the polygon.

Questions:
1) Using your knowledge of GeoGebra, find the angle measures of all the angles in your triangle. Then
find the lengths of all the sides of your triangle. Can you tell from this information what type of triangle
this is?
A
B
C

AB
BC
AC

2) Make your triangle bigger (using the move option, click on vertex A or B and drag). What do you
notice about the angles measures and the length of the sides now?
A
B
C

AB
BC
AC

3) Make your triangle smaller. What do you notice about the angles measures and the length of the sides
now?
A
B
C

AB
BC
AC

4) Connect the points E, F, and G to form another triangle. What do you notice about the angle measures
and the length of the sides? What can we classify this triangle as?

5) Now we will look at another triangle. Create your own triangle using the line, point, and polygon
functions (the vertices will be called H, I, and J. Find the angle measurements and lengths of the sides
of this triangle.
H
I
J

HI
IJ
HJ

6) Make this triangle bigger. What are the new measurements?
H
I
J

HI
IJ
HJ

7) Make this triangle smaller. What are the new measurements? Is this the same type of triangle as the
triangle from question one?
H
I
J

HI
IJ
HJ

8) Can you determine what the special characteristic of an equilateral triangle is? Explain how you
determined this.