Mathomat V7 geometry template, supplied in storage wallet with drawing ideas poster
The Mathomat V7 geometry template is a price fighter version of the Mathomat V3 template. The different manufacturing processes and materials used in this template compared with Mathomat V3 results in its characteristic blue tint, and a slightly simpler shape configuration. Compared with other Mathomat templates, the V7 packs a mighty wallop in terms of drawings achieved per dollar paid!
The Mathomat V7 template is the same shape as Mathomat V2 but is 22% larger in area. It has the same great selection of shapes, arranged in a user friendly hierarchical pattern around its central protractor that you would expect in a Mathomat. The larger Mathomat V7 size makes the following improvements possible;
A larger, simpler, protractor
At the centre of the Mathomat V7 template is an oversized and simplified 360 degree protractor, about which the template is organised. By oversized, we mean that the protractor is 110mm diameter instead of the usual 100mm diameter. The protractor design has also been redesigned with new radius guides that simplify its appearance. The result is a protractor that we believe students will be able to use with greater confidence.
Larger shapes to draw with
In the Mathomat V7 template the side length of the larger group of polygons has been increased to 20mm (from 15mm in the Mathomat V2 template). This allows for drawing useful sized nets to construct polyhedra and other 3-D shapes and for the drawing of larger 2-D patterns such as tessellation designs. An additional feature in the Mathomat V7 template is a special expansion scale for increasing regular polygon drawings to a 50mm radius to allow for creation of giant polyhedra models.
A useful feature of the Mathomat V7 template is that its larger regular polygons can be used in usefully sized Make'N'Draw activities in which students create designs using physical pattern blocks, and are then challenged to redraw their design using their Mathomat templates. This drawing challenge deepens student understanding by asking them to reconstruct their original block design.
Pattern blocks are used extensively in primary school, but they also have powerful applications at a middle school level. The new Mathomat student manuals for Mathomat V3 will explore this potential, and extend from it using the soon to be released Math'O'Block range that will include all of the Mathomat template shapes as well as tangram and magic egg shapes, as well as shapes that are needed for construction of the Penrose Tiling
The Mathomat V7 template includes a new arc builder scale for drawing large diameter circles and arcs, as well as a new Tangram Tool. The tangram tool assist students in the creation of usefully sized tangram puzzle designs, either by creation of tangram shapes or by directly drawing their designs from the template itself.
The usual great range of Mathomat shapes and scales
The Mathomat V7 template has all of the great range of shape stencils such as useful graduated circles, ellipses, regular polygons, quadrilaterals and graphing curves that you would expect. Mathomat V7 also has the same rich collection of number lines as before, such as a linear radian scale, millimeter and centimetre scale and 1:20,000 street directory scale.as well as isometric and parallel lines for technical drawing.