Lost in the City with a Clinometer

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Come look at trigonometry from a different angle. To begin a simple activity, scholars view a video of someone using a clinometer to find the angle of elevation to the top of a building. They then use a diagram that shows the building's height to determine how far away the observer is from the building.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • If possible, have the class do a similar activity outside using a tall building or tree
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners should be familiar with trigonometry
  • Pupils may not know what a clinometer does

  • Use of a video makes the concept real

  • Only presents one problem in the task
Common Core