Tuesday, 14 October 2014


I was sent the following YouTube link http://showyou.com/v/y-pNe6fsaCVtI/crazy-circle-illusion?u=multimotion which shows a series of 'balls' moving around a circle.  The caption with this link was: "Eight Balls Moving in Straight Lines Interesting......it's all in the timing.  Eight Balls Moving in Straight Lines Who would think of this?"

A Cycloid created by tracing a point on a circle as it travels along a line, but they become more interesting when the point is traced as the wheel of circle is inside or outside of a circle.

The mathematics of cycloids is too difficult for most primary students, involves Trigonometry ratios but these students could have fun creating their own shapes, using a variation of the cycloid with the use of a drawing compass.  
Many moons ago I created a number of these off shoots and had them prepared on Overhead Projector Slides.
The ones I created consisted of drawing circles from equidistant points on a circle to a point inside or outside the circle and similarly with a point on a line with the points on the circle.
A great practice for measuring and using the compass and the students end up with interesting designs.
This from: http://www.cut-the-knot.org/pythagoras/cycloids.shtml

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