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Vito Prosciutto: Teaching community college math on the road to a PhD.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

18:35
Geometry - the best it's felt 

Geometry class felt quite good today. We've reached a point, I think, where the students' trust in me has reached the point where they'll let me teach them. In the early class we reached a point where the who class was smiling and laughing as we worked through the problems.

Speaking of which, I'm looking forward to the students' reaction to being asked the following question:

Plato is alleged to have said that the 30°-60°-90° triangle was the most beautiful right triangle in the world. Grunts Giraffe, a sophomore student at Animal High, is alleged to have said that the 30°-60°-90° triangle didn't look very pretty to him. Who was Plato and what do you thinke he meant by beautiful?

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