This is a brief review of the Making Similar Right Triangles Worksheet by Peter B. Keller, Ph.D. This is a great worksheet for homeschool students to use because it is very affordable, easy to use, and it can help to develop their problem solving skills. The free sample worksheets are fun and interesting, so that the student will learn how to work through the work.
If you want to take advantage of this worksheet, the first thing you need to do is download it from their website. Once you have downloaded it, open it up in your word processing program or notepad and then print it out. Then, bring it to class so that you can give it to your students to use. The kids love to use this worksheet because they find it very educational.
You may also choose to design your own sheet by using different problems to sort through. However, that would take more time to create.
The sheet consists of three different problem types that students can complete. One of these types of worksheets has questions that deal with the corners of triangles. Another is one that uses two problems that deal with the sum of squares of the sides of a triangle.
When students get stuck on the main question, similar right triangles, you should be able to help them solve the problem by providing them with helpful hints. For example, if the problem they are faced with is asking if two sets of three right triangles are the same or different, the sheet can help them solve this type of question. A triangle should look the same if the sides are the same length.
Another problem asks students to figure out if a triangle can enclose a square. Again, if the triangle is oriented such that the angles are equal to 90 degrees, the triangles cannot enclose each other. By providing students with a helpful hint, they can easily solve this problem by just following the worksheet and doing a bit of research on the Internet.
There is a worksheet for each of the three categories that you will need to choose from. You can either choose to make your own worksheet using a grid and points or you can download the free ones that are available on the website. With the grid, you can get the answers right away. However, if you choose to purchase the free version, you can do this at your own pace.
You may also purchase the triangle diagram software to use on your computer as well. To use this type of software, all you need to do is click on the mouse on a picture of a triangle and then you can print it out and you are ready to use it in class.