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## Creating a Hybrid Immersive Mathematics Experience

With this professional development program, teachers work with colleagues and experience a manner of teaching that embeds habits of mind.

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## Corner Reflector Mathematics

Students investigate the geometrical properties used to design reflective safety garments and road signs.

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## Fractal Patterns and Chaos Games

One of the most wonderful ways to introduce students in middle school or secondary school to the beauty and excitement of contemporary mathematics is to involve them in the many variations of the “chaos game” which produces such intriguing fractal patterns as the Sierpinski triangle and the Koch curve.

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## Activities For Students: The Geometry of Tetris

When it was released in the mid-1980s, Tetris jump-started the video game craze, but many students of the current generation have never even seen this game, much less played it. Now, with the flood of mobile device applications, Tetris has made a comeback, and today's students have a chance to use it, too. We have found Tetris to be an engaging tool for high school geometry students to apply an isometry in context and to learn the composition of isometries. The game allows a player to rotate and translate moving pieces to create full rows anywhere on the screen.

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## Mathematical Lens: Transformational Geometry at Guilin Garden, Shanghai

The walls along the walkway leading to Shanghai's Guilin Garden are lined with geometric panels. The following questions refer to the wall panels shown in photographs 1–8. When answering these questions, assume that the patterns continue in all directions.

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## An Application of Mathematics to Computer Programming: Connecting Translation Vectors, the Minkowski Difference, and Collision Detection

Translation by a vector in the coordinate plane is first introduced in precalculus and connects to the basic theory of vector spaces in linear algebra. In this article, we explore the topic of collision detection in which the idea of a translation vector plays a significant role. Because collision detection has various applications in video games, virtual simulations, and robotics (Garcia-Alonso, Serrano, and Flaquer 1994; Rodrigue 2012), using it as a motivator in the study of translation vectors can be helpful. For example, students might be interested in the question, “How does the computer recognize when a player's character gets hit by a fireball?” Computer science provides a rich context for real-life applications of mathematics-programmers use mathematics for coding an algorithm in which the computer recognizes two objects nearing each other or colliding. The Minkowski difference, named after the nineteenth century German mathematician Hermann Minkowski, is used to solve collision detection problems (Ericson 2004). Applying the Minkowski difference to collision detection is based on translation vectors, and programmers use the algorithm as a method for detecting collision in video games.

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## Can We Use a Mirror to Find Height?

My favorite lesson is based on a problem my geometry students encounter. When we study similar triangles, students use indirect measurement to determine the height of an object.

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## Speaking Elliptically about an Ellipse

Ellipses are the focus of photographs and mathematical equations.

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## Not So Complex: Iteration in the Complex Plane

Graphing orbits using linear iteration rules inspires enjoyment and artistry.

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## Back to Treasure Island

Some twenty years ago, when I was a university student, one of my lecturers presented a problem that he called Treasure Island. At first glance, the problem appeared to be unsolvable. After students made some futile attempts, the lecturer presented the surprising solution, without providing any explanation or even a hint. I spent the rest of the lecture thinking about the problem and trying to discover a solution.