Applications of symmetry to problem solving

Roza Leikin, Abraham Berman, Orit Zaslavsky

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Symmetry is an important mathematical concept which plays an extremely important role as a problem-solving technique. Nevertheless, symmetry is rarely used in secondary school in solving mathematical problems. Several investigations demonstrate that secondary school mathematics teachers are not aware enough of the importance of this elegant problem-solving tool. In this paper we present examples of problems from several branches of mathematics that can be solved using different types of symmetry. Teachers' attitudes and beliefs regarding the use of symmetry in the solutions of these problems are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)799-809
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Applied Mathematics


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