Similar Triangles

Scatterplot graphs enable us to build shapes using spreadsheets and to practice transformational geometry. They are surprisingly flexible tools. And since they depend upon a table of value and that table can have both fixed numbers and rules, we can not only build shapes but change them and watch the graph immediately reflect those changes. In this lab we use that capability to get students to explore scaling, reflection, and transposition of a triangle. This is only the beginning and we hope students will take this further exploring symmetries for example.

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