Math with Galileo’s Compass!

January 7th, 2013 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

It’s Monday, January 7, 2013 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Galileo’s Compass

Age Range: 11 and up (approximately, with parental supervision; younger children may enjoy aspects of this presentation)

ClickScholar Cie, recommended this website, sponsored by the Museo Galileo, that provides free, fascinating, multimedia demonstrations of the uses of Galileo’s compass for math calculations, geometry, architecture, engineering, navigation, and other fields. Learn the history of the compass and Galileo’s contribution to its development during the Renaissance in 1597.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*History – Watch a presentation about the history of the compass, Galileo’s invention of a specific type of compass, and the improvements he made upon it. See a comparison between compasses, and play the interactive “Compass Game.”

*Explore – Learn about the compass and how it works.

*Simulation – Watch engaging simulations of the many operations you can perform with Galileo’s compass, including:

  • Division of a segment
  • Division of a circumference
  • Squaring a regular figure
  • Measurement of calibers
  • Astronomical quadrant
  • Sum of volumes
  • Scale of slopes
  • And more!

This website offers the user the ability to view the text of the presentations, and provides links to other interesting resources about the compass as well. There is a lot of content here, so bookmark the site and return again to see it all.

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