Here is a creation by Markus Hohenwarter, the CEO of GeoGebra. (see his page here.) Below I have shown a "doctored" version, where I have shown all the hidden parts of his creation.
Quite often mathematics is what goes on behind the scenes. The math-phobics actually hate that which makes their lifestyle possible!
Monday, November 17, 2014
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You have control over the location of point E along the x-axis from 1 TO 4. Point N rotates around point E on a circle of radius 1. The blue circle always contains the origin and is centered at point N. The blue dotted line is tangent to the green circle (that N rotates on). The red dotted line is the perpendicular from the origin to the blue dotted tangent line. The point of intersection of those two lines is traced.
Although more complicated than some of my other sketches, it still shows what can be created WITHOUT USING TRIGONOMETRY that, in our textbooks, is usually not even mentioned until well after trig is covered in detail.
For the full file, visit http://tube.geogebra.org/material/show/id/266203
Friday, November 7, 2014
It is quite possible to use GeoGebra to give students the "flavor" of a topic before getting bogged down in textbook details. This particular sketch can give the flavor of the concepts of focus and directrix, their meaning and visual placement, well before any need for calculation arises. In short, GeoGebra can be a motivator.