Reflection: Advanced Students Triangle Inequality Theorem Investigation - Section 2: Activity Introduction


This year my students were well prepared to use this concept. As an alternative activity I gave out whole pipe cleaners to students. These students folded the pipe cleaner in two places and measured the lengths formed. This task is more complex since students have continuous measurements instead of discrete measurements. I had these students measure in centimeters instead of inches.

In general, I prefer students to measure in centimeters. Students who don't fully understand measuring will often write inches as decimals instead of mixed numbers. Measurements in centimeters are precise to one decimal place. I used inches in the original activity because the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 are easier to work with then corresponding lengths in centimeters. 

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Triangle Inequality Theorem Investigation

Unit 7: Proofs about Triangles
Lesson 1 of 11

Objective: SWBAT Describe the relationship between the sides of a triangle

Big Idea: Students investigate and make conclusions about sets of potential sides of triangles in order to discover the triangle inequality theorem.

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