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The history of conic sections and mathematics education  

Jin, Man Young (Graduate School of Mathematics Education, Seoul National University)
Kim, Dong Won (Korea Foundation for the advancement of Science and Creativity)
Song, Min Ho (Graduate School of Education, Sookmyung Women's University)
Cho, Han Hyuk (Department of Mathematics Education, Seoul National University)
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Journal for History of Mathematics / v.25, no.4, 2012 , pp. 83-99 More about this Journal
The conic sections are defined as algebraic expressions using the focus and the directrix in the high school curriculum. However it is difficult that students understand the conic sections without environment which they can manipulate the conic sections. To make up for this weak point, we have found the evidence for generating method of a conic section through a sundial and investigated the history of terms 'focus', 'directrix' and the tool of drawing them continuously.
Geometry education; Cone; Section; Gnomon; Focus; Directrix; Locus; Sundial;
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