An educational consideration on the condition that four points lie on a circle. (Korean. English summary)

J. Korean Soc. Math. Educ., Ser. A, Math. Educ. 55, No. 2, 233-249 (2016).

Summary: We extracted the background meaning of the condition that four points lie on a circle, analyzed textbooks critically and proposed the orientation to improve the content in the textbook. As results, the condition has a realistic background meaning which is ‘mathematical modeling of finding a fair location’. The condition has a mathematical background meanings which are ‘a first complex situation distinguished from two points and three points’, ‘the condition described in the perspective of side and angle in order to overcome the disadvantages of the perpendicular bisectors context’ and ‘being possible to transfer more than five points’. However it is difficult to understand the reason why the condition is on four points in the current textbook. In addition, it is difficult to recognize the connectivity of a circumcenter of triangle. To overcome these problems, we proposed five orientations to improve the content in the textbook.