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Consul, the Educated Monkey

Sidney Kolpas, Gary Massion 

April 2000, Volume 93, Issue 4, Page 276

"Consul", the Educated Monkey, is an outstanding, practical example of a plane linkage. In learning why the monkey works the way it does, students are required to review many important concepts from plane geometry, algebra, and arithmetic. Making their own "monkey" linkage similar to Consul, which one of the authors has done with construction paper and paper fasteners, would give students additional, hands-on experience with many important mathematical concepts.

Grades 9-12
Numbers and Operations
Skill and Fluency
Reasoning and Proof