I find this to be a handy trick in PowerPoint. Although there is certainly better software for graphic design (for example, Adobe Illustrator), most instructors have a copy of Microsoft Office on their computers and so it makes a convenient graphics and layout program.
You may need 3-D graphics for Calculus, geometry, or math for elementary teachers and you can create those graphics pretty easily in PowerPoint. Here’s my 2-page tutorial.
If you’re going to label these figures, I recommend using the equation editor (or MathType) and then grouping the figure with the labels to create a single object. Copy and paste the graphics into a Word document using “Paste Special” and “Enhanced Metafile.” It doesn’t always look crystal clear on the computer screen, but it will print beautifully.
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