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Geometry: Old McDonald's Pigpen
by Texas Instruments

Published on February 24, 2015


In this activity, students explore – numerically, graphically, algebraically, and verbally – the mathematics involved in maximizing the area of a rectangle with a fixed perimeter.

Key Steps

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    Students will graph scatter plots, analyze quadratic functions, and determine the maximum value of a parabola.

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    Students will solve design problems that satisfy physical constraints by using geometric and algebraic methods.

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    Students will observe numeric patterns, reason abstractly, and make connections between geometric figures and algebraic expressions.