# Construction Pod Game: Part E

Topic:
Geometry

## Welcome to the Construction Pod Game

The Construction Pod Game is a series of challenges for your pod to construct interesting and fun geometric figures. The Construction Pod Game is divided into five Parts. This is Part E. If your pod has not yet completed Part D, please go to Construction Pod Game: Part D. Put your Construction Crew Pod together again with three, four, five or six people from anywhere in the world who want to play the game together online. Collaborate, share ideas, ask questions and enjoy.

## LEVEL 11: ADVANCED GEOMETER LEVEL

This level will introduce you to a series of intriguing points within triangles. These special points are interconnected in mysterious ways.

## Challenge 39: The Centroid of a Triangle

Can you create a triangle with the polygon tool and construct its centroid? If you construct an isosceles triangle, where is its centroid? How about for a right triangle?

## Challenge 40: The Circumcenter of a Triangle

If you construct a circle with its center at the circumcenter of any triangle and its radius going to one of the triangle's vertices, the circle will go through all three vertices. That is the definition of the "circumcenter" (the center of the circumference or circle of the triangle). Were you able to construct the circumcenter of your own triangle? Did you drag the vertices to see if the circumcenter is always inside the triangle? Do you wonder why all three perpendicular bisectors of the sides meet at the same point? (Remember that a point is defined by just two lines crosing.)

## Challenge 41: The Orthocenter of a Triangle

The "altitude" of a triangle is the line segment from the base of the triangle perpendicularly to the opposite vertex. If you take AB as the base, then FC is the altitude, if FC is perpendicular to AB. You may know that the area of a triangle is 1/2 * base * altitude. How would you prove this? Construct a rectangle and connect two opposite vertices with a diagonal line segment, forming two congruent right triangles. The area of the rectangle is the base * height. So what is the area of each right triangle? This proves a special case of a right triangle's area.

## Challenge 42: The Incenter of a Triangle

A circle with center at the incenter of a triangle and radius to a point where a vertex bisector meets a triangle side will be inscribed in the triangle. The inscribed circle will touch each side of the triangle at exactly one point (it will be "tangent" to the side). Can you construct a triangle with a circle inscribing the triangle and a circle inscribed inside the triangle? When do the two circles have the same center?

## Challenge 44: The Nine-Point Circle of a Triangle

Describe the nine points on the circle. As you drag the vertices, do the nine points stay on the circle and do the circumcenter, incenter and orthocenter stay on the Euler segment, whose midpoint stays in the center of the 9-point circle? Here are many points and lines with complicated dependencies among themselves and the vertices of the triangle. Can you prove why the nine points are all on the same circle? Can you prove why the circumcenter, incenter and orthocenter are all on the same line segment, whose midpoint is the center of the circle. If you looked carefully at the detailed steps in constructing all these points, lines and circles, you could work out much of the proof -- often using equalities of congruent triangles proven by theorems like SSS, SAS and ASA.

## LEVEL 12: PROBLEM SOLVER LEVEL

In this level, you will solve three challenging problems.

## Challenge 45: Treasure Hunt

Given the locations of the three trees, how would you construct the locations of the three pots of coins?

## Challenge 46: Square and Circle

How did you construct the center of the circle? How did you figure out the radius length?

## Challenge 47: Cross an Angle

What additional lines did you have to construct to determine locations for points E and F?

## LEVEL 13: EXPERT LEVEL

In this level, you will prepare to explore geometry, mathematics and the world beyond this game.

## Challenge 48: How Many Ways Can You Invent?

Describe the different ways that you constructed triangles that are always congruent to triangle ABC no matter how you drag A, B or C.

## Challenge 49: Dependencies in the World

Answer questions 1 through 7 in Challenge 47 in your own words.

## Challenge 50: Into the Future

Just do it! Invent a challenge for your team mates and others who have completed the Construction Pod Game. Why did you choose this topic?

## Continue to explore geometry and other branches of mathematics

Congratulations on mastering Part E. You now know how to use the basic tools of GeoGebra to explore dynamic geometry. You can continue to explore the extensive range of GeoGebra tools and the infinite worlds of mathematics -- with your pod mates and/or on your own.