Abstract—This study developed teaching materials of life
application simulation animations, and introduced the concept
of trigonometric functions into actual stories to create
animations. This study took the famous ancient Chinese
mathematical measurement book, Hai Dao Suan Jing for
example, and created 3D simulation animations, auxiliary lines,
and graphics. It is expected to help students to understand the
allusions and mathematical formulas of Hai Dao Suan Jing, and
learn to use their height, change of location, and change of
related projection to measure the height and distance of objects
on the ground. By watching 3D simulation animations, students
can better understand the mathematics questions through
dynamic visualization, learn the principles of surveying, and
learn the spatial conception of trigonometric functions. The use
of teaching with computer animations to attract students’
curiosity regarding the application of mathematics to life can
improve their imagination about surveying and simulation of
Index Terms—Hai Dao Suan Jing, surveying, spatial ability, visual animations, computer education.
Ting-Sheng Weng is with the Department of Business Administration, National Chiayi University, Taiwan (e-mail: email@example.com).
Meng-Hui Hsu is with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Der-Ching Yang is with the Institute of Mathematics and Science Education, National Chiayi University, Taiwan (e-mail: email@example.com).
Cite: Ting-Sheng Weng, Meng-Hui Hsu, and Der-Ching Yang, "A Study Investigating the Use of 3D Computer Animations of Trigonometric Functions to Enhance Spatial Perception Ability," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 23-26, 2017.