How does a taxi driver use geometry?


5th International Conference on New Horizons in Education (INTE), Paris, France, 25 - 27 June 2014, vol.174, pp.164-171 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 174
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.01.642
  • City: Paris
  • Country: France
  • Page Numbers: pp.164-171
  • Keywords: Taxicab geometry, Euclidean geometry, secondary education students
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


Euclidean geometry, which is often covered in mathematics curriculum in primary and secondary education, fails to meet all the requirements in daily life. For example, a taxi driver cannot use Euclidean geometry in cities using a grid city plan At this point, what method should be used because distance 'as the crow flies' cannot be used? The solution of this problem requires the use of a non-Euclidean geometry, Taxicab geometry. The aim of this study is to raise awareness of non-Euclidean geometries by means of activities comprehensible to secondary education students, who are considered to have made a certain progress in terms of level of geometric thinking. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.