The Oak Leaf: Connecting Geometry and Biology

  • The Oak Leaf: Connecting Geometry and Biology

    Judy Snyder
    An activity that involves using geometry, statistics, and computers to interpret data about the leaves of a tree. Specifically, students determined the comparative area, weight, and photosynthetic activity of leaves for leaves growing on the outer part of an oak tree, that is, sun leaves, and those found on the inner part of the tree, or shade leaves. The students were involved in actual research, and mathematics was an integral part of their research.