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Learn to draw shapes with Ziggy

Meet Ziggy the rapping Zebrasaurus. He is going to show you how to draw some different shapes. First is a circle. Next is a triangle. What trick does he use to make a rhombus? See if you know the last shape. It has five sides.

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STOP! Thats an octagon

Meet Jack Black as he describes an octagon. Pity he left his octagon at home. Luckily, Elmo comes to the rescue with an example of an octagon. See how many sides and angles an octagon has.

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Types of triangles

What is the difference between equilateral, isosceles and scalene triangles? See if you can find and classify triangles based on the definitions given in this maths video.

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Measures: similar shapes

Compare the sizes and angles of a range of triangles, squares and rectangles. Notice that 'similar shapes' in the mathematical sense have the same shape and possibly different sizes. Corresponding sides are in proportion, and corresponding angles are equal. Identify shapes that are similar and create shapes similar to given ...

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Measures: scaling down

Compare the areas of squares, rectangles and triangles before and after being scaled down (reduced). Notice that 'similar shapes' in the mathematical sense have the same shape but different areas. Explore the relationship between side-length reduction and area reduction when scaling down shapes. This learning object is ...

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Measures: similar solids

Compare the sizes and angles of a range of cubes and rectangular prisms. Notice that 'similar solids' in the mathematical sense have the same shape and possibly different sizes. Corresponding sides are in proportion, and corresponding angles are equal. Identify solids that are similar, and create solids similar to given ...

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Measures: scaling up solids

Compare the volumes of cubes and rectangular prisms before and after being scaled up (enlarged). Notice that 'similar solids' in the mathematical sense have the same shape but different volumes. Explore the relationship between side length and volume when scaling up solids. This learning object is the fifth in a series ...

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Measures: scaling surface area

Compare the surface area of cubes and rectangular prisms before and after being scaled up (enlarged) or scaled down (reduced). Notice that 'similar shapes' in the mathematical sense have the same shape but different surface areas. Explore the relationship between side length and surface area when scaling solids. This learning ...

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Measures: volumes

Compare the volumes of a range of rectangular prisms when scaling up (enlarging) side lengths by different ratios. Notice that the rectangular prisms are not similar in the mathematical sense, but it is possible to predict the effect on the volume produced by the scaling of the sides. Identify and describe the relationship ...

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Trigonometry: similar triangles

Examine pairs of right-angled triangles. Check that each pair of triangles is similar by identifying all three pairs of corresponding angles. Label corresponding angles with matching symbols. This learning object is one in a series of ten objects.

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Exploring the Pythagorean theorem

Adjust the dimensions of a right-angled triangle. Calculate the area of squares bordering each side of the triangle. Notice that the area of the square bordering the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the areas of the squares bordering the other two sides. Watch a video showing how Pythagoras's theorem is used to determine ...

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reSolve: Mechanical Linkages: Angles and Lines

This sequence of lessons explores the geometry of angles using real world contexts including the dynamics of folding and joints. Students investigate side lengths and angles, supported by using physical models and computer simulation. There are opportunities to develop geometric language and to highlight how mathematical ...