Friday, March 28, 2014

Bill Wood Reviews Exploring Advanced Euclidean Geometry with GeoGebra

Bill Woods reviews Exploring Advanced Euclidean Geometry with GeoGebra by Gerard Venema as part of MAA Reviews.

Exploring Advanced Euclidean Geometry with GeoGebra is written for an inquiry-based approach, with lots of exercises and just enough narrative and historical commentary to hold it all together. It is not the sort of book you read without some paper and probably a computer in front of you. What makes the book special is the inclusion of GeoGebra exercises (clearly identified with a *) to encourage experimentation. Exercises may ask students to construct a visualization of a theorem, verify results, and build examples and conjectures. Eventually the student gets to proving a theorem, but not before playing with the statement quite a bit.

The book focuses on “advanced” planar Euclidean geometry, which the author defines to mean anything developed after Euclid’s Elements. This makes it an excellent candidate text for a second course in Euclidean geometry using inquiry-based methods that minimize lecture and maximize student discovery. There is also much value to be mined as a supplement to other Euclidean geometry texts. The author suggests a structure in which this text is used as something of a lab manual rather than a primary text.

Even if it does not fit for course adoption, this book is worth any geometry teacher’s attention as way to reconnect with the learning experience they want for their students.

Read the full review here.

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