Choose a tour through mathematical Web pages about ellipses.

Or quickly find a reference to a mathematical definition or theorem.

Because the topics are mathematical, your browser must display graphics. Often the graphics will be hard to understand without color. Many of the pages use frames, too, so we recommend Netscape Navigator 2.0 or later. The formulas might match the text better if you set your browser's font to Palatino 12 point type.

Take a tour. . .

Pick the tour that best fits your goals, needs, and learning style. To follow a tour, repeatedly press the button for the tour you want to be on:

The formal tour is a traditional textbook approach of definition, examples, properties (with proofs), exercises, and problems (including applications).

The investigative tour will help you see the thinking behind the ideas: how mathematicians develop concepts to answer questions.

The modeling tour is based on setting up mathematical structures to solve applied problems. You first think about a problem and then learn math ideas that can help you solve it.

To continue with your tour, just click on the appropriate button at the bottom of your page.

. . . or quickly look up mathematical ideas.

on the properties index page

on the definitionsindex page

on the history index page

on the problems index page

Until we get funding, these demonstration pages concern just one mathematical topic: ellipses.

© 1996 Institute for Studies in Educational Mathematics

Please do not reproduce without permission.


Last updated: 24 November 1996

MATtours project team led by Larry Copes