Technology, Knowledge and Learning

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 317–326 | Cite as

Automated Generation of Equations for Linkage Loci in a Game Physics System

  • Miguel Á. Abánades
  • Francisco Botana
  • Jesús Escribano
Computer Math Snapshots - Column Editor: Uri Wilensky*


There is no doubt about the prevalence of dynamic geometry (DG) as the preferred technological tool among math teachers. DG systems are tools for geometric visualization that allow users to construct geometric elements and establish relationships among them. The key property of DG is that the system automatically updates the whole geometric diagram, preserving its constraints when one element is dragged with the mouse. Its known limitations concerning symbolic computations are being progressively overcome as DG programs walk towards a more friendly integration with computer algebraic systems. It is reasonable to think that it is just a question of time that an all-in-one tool for learning mathematics will be available.

However, we think that the exclusive use of a tool like DG can limit the possibilities of learning. The purpose of this snapshot is to show how the study of a well known subject such as the mechanical linkages can be more motivating when supplementing DG...


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The authors thank the reviewers for their helpful indications. This work has been partially funded by the Spanish Project MTM2011-25816-C02-00.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miguel Á. Abánades
    • 1
  • Francisco Botana
    • 2
  • Jesús Escribano
    • 3
  1. 1.CES Felipe IIUniversidad Complutense de MadridAranjuezSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Matemática Aplicada IUniversidad de VigoPontevedraSpain
  3. 3.Departamento de Sistemas Informáticos y ComputaciónUniversidad Complutense de MadridMadridSpain

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