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The topic Drawing polygons exercise appears under the 6th grade (U.S.) Math Mission. This exercise uses a coordinate plane graphing utility to create polygons.

Types of Problems

There is one type of problem in this exercise:

  1. Plot the points to create a polygon: This problem provides several points that the student is asked to plot in succession, ultimately creating a polygon.
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    Plot the points to create a polygon

Strategies

Ability to move in the coordinate plane quickly will increase the chances of doing well on this exercise. The utility itself is well-designed and interactive which is helpful.

  1. Plotting the points in the order they are provided is the most straightforward way to approach this problem.
  2. Sometimes it is necessary to plot numbers that are between integers, but only halfway between integers. For example, sometimes 5.5, but never 5.23.
  3. Don't forget to connect the last point back to the beginning point to close up the polygon.

Real-life Applications

  1. The ancient Egyptians from over 4000 years ago were very good at shapes and geometry. Every time the Nile burst its banks and flooded the planes, they had to use geometry to measure their gardens and fields all over again.
  2. Architects use lots of geometry when building bridges, roofs on houses, and other structures.

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