Virtual Polyhedra and the Real World
Using Web resources, students will study the complex geometric
structures that are called polyhedra. Students will examine online models, create
three-dimensional paper models, and view photographic, graphic, and animated
examples of polyhedra. Students will create Web pages that illustrate their
explorations and illustrate geometric solids beginning with the five platonic
solids (tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosohedron), and extending to the more complex compound solids. Students will experience
polyhedra geometry in an intuitive way and understand the complexity and
beauty of these structures.
Geometry, Computer Graphics
Students will be able to:
build and discuss models of polyhedra.
describe polyhedra solids in terms of vertices, edges, and faces.
identify all of the platonic polyhedra.
gain a thorough understanding of polyhedra through a hands-on approach to the
work with models of polyhedra that can be shared, exhibited, and discussed to
reinforce and expand ideas.