Pro Python remarks to math ed folks (pointers)

Darrell news at
Mon Aug 23 23:36:15 CEST 1999

Installed your stuff and changed a few things to get it to work.
Had to add this method too Vector.
   def display(self):

Also changed some of the hardcoded paths.
Then installed a VRML viewer.
I'm digging around for a POV viewer still.

Wow, very cool.

I have a teenager who hates math, maybe this would be useful.

Kirby Urner <urner at> wrote in message
news:37c2a51e.18050990 at
> Some "Python as teaching language" emphasis in my recent
> posts to elsewhere.  For those of you wanting to see how
> I'm using Python with polyhedra, check out:
> My basic approach is to hit two key topics in tandem in
> K-12:  computer programming and polyhedral geometry:  by
> making polyhedra my paradigm objects (in the OOP sense,
> but also in a literal easy-to-understand sense).
> I'll add here (given this ng is for Python speakers) how
> happy I am with operator overloading, which I haven't
> had before, given my own path through the languages has
> so far mostly skirted C/C++.
> With a polyhedron object in P (say an icosahedron), Q=P*3
> is another polyhedron (same shape), but 3x larger, and
> the equally simple expression R=Q+v creates polyhedron R
> translated through space by vector v.  Short, sweet, to
> the point.
> The fact that a class is built around built-in __dict__
> made it easy to go forward with concepts I'd already used
> in the Java version of this exercise.  I have points A-Z
> as a set of reference points for anchoring a smallish set
> of polyhedra.
> In Java, I added lookup strings 'A'-'Z' with their associated
> vectors to a Hashtable.  In Python, a dictionary is even
> easier to use (same idea as Hashtable of course), and, even
> better, such a dictionary is already part of any class.
> Just define A=Vector(xyz=(1,0,0)) and you've got your
> {'A':Object} linkup for free!  Way cool.
> Kirby
> Curriculum writer
> Oregon Curriculum Network
> Cc: Synergetics-L at
> PS:  I've posted to this newsgroup once before so far:

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