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May 2001, Volume 94, Issue 5

FEATURES

The Math Poem: Incorporating Mathematical Terms in Poetry
Rod Keller, Doris Davidson
A collaboration between an English and Math teacher to have students apply their knowledge of mathematics to another field while writing fresh, clever, and memorable poems. Includes student samples.

Don't Be Square-a Geometric Excursion
Peggy House
Extensions of a geometry problem that give students firsthand experience with what it means to think mathematically.

Dividable Triangles-What Are They?
Roza Leikin
Introduces a triangle for which many different problems can be posed on the basis of one unusual property. Three problems on this property are posed, along with solution strategies that can be used in classroom activities.

Dividing Any Angle into Any Number of Equal Parts
Thomas Hutcheson
Two problems, easily solved in three dimensions, that are often approached in two.

Consequences of the Varignon Parallelogram Theorem
Peter Oliver
Presents discovery activities for Elementary, Middle, and High school students based on the Varignon Parallelogram Theorem.

Visualizing the Complex Roots of Quadratic and Cubic Equations
Alan Lipp
A method for visualizing the complex roots of a polynomial equation, thereby making them a little more "real" and a little less "imaginary."