Short Pappus

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It's all Greek to me. Scholars work a task that Greeks first formulated for an ancient math challenge. Provided with an angle and a point inside the angle, scholars develop conjectures about what is true about the shortest line segment through the point that intersects both sides of the angle. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Develop an interactive geometry application to help the class manipulate the figure
  • Gather all the conjectures and determine whether they all describe the same line segment
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils should be comfortable working with triangle relationships
  • Includes a description of a sample solution
  • Provides a diagram to illustrate the scenario
  • None