Measurement, Scale, and Theater Arts

Author: David Johnston1
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  • 1 Miller Jordan Middle School in San Benito, Texas

Greek mathematicians developed the musical scale; Italian mathematicians inspired the Renaissance by introducing perspective and proportion in their artwork; and a group of eighth-grade algebra students earned the applause of middle school theater directors through the practical application of scale, measurement, geometry, and problem solving. These young mathematicians designed small-scale models of play sets and presented them to theater directors at a local competition called the One-Act Play.


DAVID JOHNSTON enjoys searching for creative applications of mathematics.

Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School
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