Education Technology

Constructing Circles

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

In this activity, students will investigate the construction of circles that pass through a given number of points. They will also investigate the number of points needed to generate a unique circle in a plane.

Before the Activity

  • Install the Cabri Jr. App on the students' graphing calculators using TI-Connect™, a TI Connectivity Cable and the Unit-to-Unit Link Cable
  • See the attached PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity
  • Print pages 173 - 174 from the attached PDF file for your class
  • During the Activity

    Distribute the pages to your class.

    Follow the Activity procedures:

  • Draw 3 points and construct a circle that passes through two points
  • Draw circles passing through 3 points and a circle passing through 4 points
  • Drag the given points and the defining points of the circle(s) to ensure that the circle(s) always passes through the given points
  • After the Activity

    Review student results:

  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary