Peter L. Moore

This chapter is part of: Moore P. 2018. Quantitative Problem Solving in Natural Resources

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It is fair to ask why we should bother learning about triangles, since their relevance to ecology and natural resources isn’t immediately apparent. Indeed, natural materials tend to approximate more tabular or rounded shapes, and true triangles are harder to find in nature by comparison. But the real power of triangles is not in where we can see them, but where we can imagine them. Believe it or not, imaginary triangles can help us measure properties of a landscape or organism, and that fact is firmly incorporated into many of the tools and technologies that researchers and professionals use. In particular, the ratios between the lengths of triangle sides is one of their key assets. In this chapter, we’ll review some of the properties of triangles and see how these properties can be leveraged to measure things we care about.
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    Oct. 5, 2018 Iowa State University Digital Press 12