Friday, November 04, 2005

Tenuous Transitions

In my gen-ed class, the geometry unit ends with the proof that there are only five Platonic Solids. Once we finish geometry, we start on probability.

Because I got about half a class behind schedule, I found myself needing to finish up one topic and start the next in the same lecture. How to make the transition from Platonic Solids to probability? Through applications: not only are some of the dice used in role-playing games shaped like Platonic Solids, but the shape inside the Magic Eight-Ball is an icosahedron.