Slope and y-intercept

Move sliders m and b below to investigate the graph of y = mx + b.


  1. How does the value of m and b affect the graph of y = mx + b?
  2. .Without using GeoGebra, explain and justify what should be the values of m and b so that the graph passes through
    • Quadrants I, II, and III
    • Quadrants I, II, and IV
    • Quadrants I and III only
    • Quadrants III and IV only
  3. Explain and justify why
    • m > 0 when the graph slants to the right.
    • m < 0 when the graph slants to the left.
    • m = 0 when the graph is horizontal.

The Midline Theorem

Two midpoints of a triangle are connected with a segment. Investigate.

1.) What did you observe in your investigation?

2.) What do your observations about the measures of the angles mean? How do they relate to the properties of the segments? 

3.) What did you observe about the lengths of segment DE and segment BC? Was this observation always true?

4.) Based on the discussion, make conjectures about the relationship between segment AB and segment BC.

The Pantograph

A pantograph is a mechanical linkage connected in a special manner based on parallelograms so that the movement of one pen, in tracing an image, produces identical movements in a second pen. If a line drawing is traced by the first point, an identical, enlarged or miniaturized copy will be drawn by a pen fixed to the other. The pantograph was invented by Cristoph Scheiner.

The applet above demonstrates how the pantograph works.  Move the blue point (hinge) and draw any shape. 

1.) What do you observe?
2.) What is the relationship between the blue figure and red figure?
3.) Justify your answer in 2.
4.) Prove that the relationship in 2 always holds.

Pythagorean Theorem

Four right triangles with sides a, b, and hypotenuse c, are arranged to form square GHIJ. You may adjust the size of the triangles by moving point G and their shape by moving point Q. Answer questions 1 and 2 first before moving the slider.

1) What type of quadrilateral is the white region? Justify your answer.

2) What is the area of the quadrilateral in (1)?

3) Move slider R to the extreme right to show slider T. Then, move slider T to the extreme right. What type/s of quadrilateral are the two white regions? Justify your answer.

4.) What are the areas of the quadrilaterals in (3)?

5.) How does the area of the quadrilateral in (1) relate to the areas of the quadrilaterals in (3)?

6.) What equation can we form from the relationship in (4) in terms of a, b, and c?

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