Can You Solve This Pier Puzzle?

As if geometry weren't puzzling enough! Give your classes a challenge to solve and watch as they discuss and develop ideas. Part of a larger playlist that explores physics concepts, the video lesson offers a presentation of the puzzle and a detailed explanation of the answer. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Pause the video after the presentation of the puzzle; ask for clarifying questions and then allow pupils time to offer solutions
  • Incorporate during a unit on similar triangles
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects a solid understanding of the criteria for similar triangles

  • Presents the problem to several mathematical experts to offer a solution
  • Includes an explanation with diagrams to offer clarity

  • None