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Math Example: Comparing Area: Example 7

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# Math Example: Comparing Area: Example 7

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Geometry

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This example compares the areas of a circle (Figure A) and a triangle (Figure B) drawn on a grid. The circle has a radius of 2.5 units, while the triangle has a base of 4 units and a height of 7 units. Using the formula for the area of a circle (π r^{2}) and a triangle (1/2 * base * height), we calculate that the circle has an area of π * 2.5^{2} = 6.25π square units, and the triangle has an area of 1/2 * 4 * 7 = 14 square units. Comparing these results, we can conclude that A > B, meaning the circle has a larger area than the triangle.

This example is part of a series designed to teach students about comparing areas of different geometric shapes. By presenting a comparison between a circle and a triangle, students learn to apply different area formulas and make comparisons between dissimilar shapes. This approach helps reinforce the concept that area calculation methods vary for different shapes, and that comparing areas may involve relating a value with π to a whole number.

Providing multiple worked-out examples is crucial for students to fully grasp the concept of area comparison across various shapes. Each example offers a unique scenario, allowing students to see how different dimensions and shapes affect area calculations. This repetition helps reinforce the methods of calculation and comparison, building confidence and proficiency in solving complex area-related problems.

Teacher Script: "Let's look at this interesting comparison between a circle and a triangle. We'll need to use different formulas for each shape. Can you recall the formulas for the area of a circle and a triangle? Let's calculate their areas together. What do you notice about the results? The circle's area involves π, while the triangle's doesn't. How can we compare these? This example shows us that comparing areas can sometimes involve comparing different types of numbers. In what real-world situations might we need to compare circular and triangular areas?"

For a complete collection of math examples related to Geometry click on this link: __Math Examples: Comparing Areas Collection.__

Common Core Standards | CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.G.A.1 |
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Grade Range | 6 - 7 |

Curriculum Nodes |
Geometry• Quadrilaterals• Area and Perimeter of Quadrilaterals• Triangles• Area and Perimeter of Triangles• Circles• Area and Circumference |

Copyright Year | 2024 |

Keywords | comparing areas |