Ch 20: Three-Dimensional Coordinate Geometry

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Three-Dimensional Coordinate Geometry - Chapter Summary

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  • List and describe three-dimension shapes in geometry
  • Describe planes and the polyhedron
  • Define and discuss the formula for a tetrahedron
  • Find the centroid of a semicircle
  • Differentiate between skew lines and parallel lines
  • Calculate direction cosines and ratios
  • Provide the definition of the Cartesian plane
  • Share the meaning of coplanar lines in geometry

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12 Lessons in Chapter 20: Three-Dimensional Coordinate Geometry
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Overview of Three-dimensional Shapes in Geometry

1. Overview of Three-dimensional Shapes in Geometry

We are surrounded by three-dimensional shapes. Watch this video lesson to see what some three-dimensional shapes look like, such as a cube, a sphere, a brick, and a cylinder.

Plotting Points on the Coordinate Plane

2. Plotting Points on the Coordinate Plane

If you'll be working with a graph, otherwise known as the coordinate plane, it's essential to understand how it works. This includes learning the parts of a graph, identifying points and plotting points.

How to Find the Distance Between Two Points

3. How to Find the Distance Between Two Points

After watching this video lesson, you will be able to find the distance between any two points on the coordinate plane. Learn what information you and how to plug them in to your formula.

How to Graph Reflections Across Axes, the Origin, and Line y=x

4. How to Graph Reflections Across Axes, the Origin, and Line y=x

A graph can be reflected in three ways - across the axes, the origin and the line y = x. There are specific rules to perform each reflection. This lesson will describe those rules and show you how to perform these reflections.

Planes and the Polyhedron: Definition and Example

5. Planes and the Polyhedron: Definition and Example

Did you ever wonder what the pyramids in Egypt have to do with math? Watch this video to find out where in math a pyramid comes into play. Also, learn how flat, 2-dimensional shapes also come into play.

Centroid: Definition, Theorem & Formula

6. Centroid: Definition, Theorem & Formula

Have you ever wondered how to find the balancing point of a triangle? The answer can be found in this lesson on the centroid of a triangle! We'll learn how medians are used to locate the centroid and then discuss its various properties.

Tetrahedron: Definition & Formula

7. Tetrahedron: Definition & Formula

In this lesson, discover the solid called the tetrahedron and use the provided formulas to find its volume and surface area. Special formulas and examples for regular tetrahedra are included.

Centroid & Center of Mass of a Semicircle

8. Centroid & Center of Mass of a Semicircle

The centroid is the point at the exact center of an object. If the object has a uniform density, then the center of mass will be located at the centroid. In this lesson, learn how to find the centroid of a semicircle.

Skew Lines in Geometry: Definition & Examples

9. Skew Lines in Geometry: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, learn the definition of skew lines. You will also learn tips for differentiating skew lines from parallel lines, as well as look at some examples.

Direction Cosines & Ratios: Definition & Calculations

10. Direction Cosines & Ratios: Definition & Calculations

Direction cosines and ratios are a way to represent the direction of a 3D vector. In this lesson, learn how to calculate and understand direction cosines and ratios.

The Cartesian Plane: Definition & Explanation

11. The Cartesian Plane: Definition & Explanation

The Cartesian plane is like a map grid. Just like the map helps you find the shoe store or post office, the Cartesian plane helps you locate a pair of values.

Coplanar Lines in Geometry: Definition & Overview

12. Coplanar Lines in Geometry: Definition & Overview

This lesson will show you how to identify lines that are coplanar in any shape you are given. You will also learn which lines are non-coplanar, and how you can tell the two apart.

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