Students often find functions and related concepts confusing. Our usual examples, numeric functions, don't lend themselves to continuous manipulation of variables or to graphical representations other than x-y graphs. See how students use Sketchpad 5 to create their own geometric functions, allowing them to vary the variables kinesthetically and generate pictures of function behavior. Students will report on actual classroom use. Ready-to-use activities will be provided.
During this conversation, attendees will have the opportunity to explore Sketchpad 5 activities. Together, teachers and students will discuss the role that geometric functions should play in our curriculum.