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This is a 16-page guide for teachers. It provides an introduction to the initial ideas of plane geometry. Points and lines are introduced as fundamental objects in the study of geometry. Angles and parallelism are the initial areas of attention in a more formal approach to geometry that occurs from year 7.
Students construct a series of GeoGebra applets that investigate the parameters gradient and intercepts of straight lines. They reinforce this knowledge with Microsoft Math 3.0.
Distance, midpoint and gradient are investigated as students design an Excel spreadsheet and make a Smart Notebook presentation on ski-lifts. Students then contribute to a discussion on the steepest street in the world.