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Illuminating the Mathematics of Lamp Shades

Michael Matthews; Greg Gross 

December 2008, Volume 102, Issue 5, Page 332

Abstract:
The problem of creating lamp shades to specific design parameters allows rich and interesting explorations in the mathematics of circles and triangles. This interactive project helps students build their spatial reasoning and is especially appropriate during a unit on either the Pythagorean theorem or similar triangles.

Keywords:
Article
Activities
Connections / Applications
Grades 9-12
Geometry & Measurement
Teacher