High School Activity Modules

Integrate The Geometer's Sketchpad into your high school mathematics classes with these popular, subject-specific curriculum modules, updated for use with Sketchpad Version 5. The classroom-tested activities take your students from algebraic properties to slope fields, with activities that support the mathematical practices of modeling, testing conjectures, making sense of problems, recognizing the structure in mathematical expressions and equations, and formalizing repeated reasoning.


Algebra 1

Exploring Algebra 1 with The Geometer's Sketchpad
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This collection of Sketchpad activities builds upon the strengths of dynamic mathematical representations to enrich the study of first-year algebra, covering such topics as:

  • ratios and exponents
  • algebraic expressions
  • solving equations and inequalities
  • coordinates, slope, and distance
  • variation and linear equations

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Geometry

Exploring Geometry with The Geometer's Sketchpad
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Dynamic Geometry® software enriches the study of high school geometry, and its use is recommended in the Common Core State Standards. This collection of Sketchpad activities is aligned to the High School Geometry Common Core State Standards, and covers virtually every concept studied in high school geometry. The activities will help your students visualize geometry concepts, make and test conjectures and justify their conclusions, and deeply explore content related to:

  • constructing geometric figures
  • transformations and tessellations
  • areas of polygons and circles
  • introductory trigonometry
  • modeling with mathematics

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Algebra 2

Exploring Algebra 2 with The Geometer's Sketchpad
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This collection of Sketchpad activities greatly enhances the study of functions. Students:

  • manipulate visual models and construct algebraic objects and graphs
  • explore linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, and rational functions through graphs, tables, and equations
  • model relationships between quantities and interpret their results both mathematically and within problem contexts
  • move among equivalent quadratic equations and apply lessons from geometric transformations to transform functions.

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Precalculus

Exploring Precalculus with The Geometer's Sketchpad
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The Sketchpad activities in this collection give students the opportunity to directly experience, through dynamic visualization and manipulation, the topics covered in precalculus. Students:

  • transform functions dynamically
  • view and modify entire families of functions—polynomial, exponential, logistic, and more
  • build parametric functions, and manipulate vectors and matrices
  • discover the relationship between rectangular and polar coordinates
  • make complex numbers come alive on the coordinate plane
  • finish with a dynamic, visual introduction to the main concepts of calculus.

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Conic Sections

Sketchpad Activity Modules - Exploring Conic SectionsExploring Conic Sections with The Geometer’s Sketchpad
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In this rich collection of activities, students learn all about properties of conic sections by building physical models and then constructing flexible models with Sketchpad.

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Calculus

Exploring Calculus with The Geometer's Sketchpad
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This collection of Sketchpad activities enriches your students’ study of calculus, empowering them to directly experience the dynamic, geometric nature of calculus in a hands-on format. Students' understanding will deepen as they:

  • dynamically control the number of subintervals in a partition and see the area measurement change instantaneously
  • explore the relationship between the graphs of an equation, its derivative, and its second derivative as the original equation changes
  • investigate changes of position and velocity, leading to an exploration of rates of change and limits at infinity.

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Pythagorean Theorem Proofs

Sketchpad Activity Modules - Pythagoras Plugged InPythagoras Plugged In: Proofs and Problems for The Geometer’s Sketchpad
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This book guides learners through a variety of proofs and applications of the Pythagorean theorem, which has fascinated amateur and professional mathematicians from U.S. President James Garfield to Hindu mathematician Bhaskara since the beginning of recorded history.

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Understanding Proof

Sketchpad Activity Modules - Rethinking ProofRethinking Proof with The Geometer’s Sketchpad
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These activities use the power of dynamic geometry to support students in making conjectures, then developing explanations of why they must be true.

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