GPS & Heron's Algorithm

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Heron's Algorithm likely dates from the time of Archimedes (circa 287-212 BCE) or earlier, and the formula computes the area of a triangle simply by knowing the lengths of the individual sides. Using GPS, students can investigate and work with Heron's Algorithm even on their very own school grounds, and thus integrate fieldwork, geography, and mathematics.

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