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Part III: Overview of MathMol Tutorials

We live in a 3-Dimensional World yet our textbooks and much of our math curricula still seemed fixed on 2-Dimensions.

Try this!

Take a look at the image below. "Do not rotate the image". Below you see a graph showing the x-y axis. Only quadrant 1 (+x,+y) is shown.

1) Click on the cube box. What figure appears? Where is the cube? Since we are viewing the x,y axis the third dimension or +z-axis comes out of the plane of the screen and is not visible. Now click on the the x-y-z box to show the z-axis.

3) Click view 2 (in the view pulldown), the 3-Dimensional grid now appears showing the cube. Try rotating the object within the screen to gain different perspectives of show how the cube fits into a 3-D grid.

 To rotate object hold left mouse button down and slide cursor arrow over object

At the end of this textbook are several tutorials which explore in greater depth the use of Java Mage to explore 2-D and 3-D Geometry.