Outward Bound

This Outward Bound assessment also includes:

Just how far can I see? The short assessment question uses the Pythagorean Theorem to find the distance to the horizon from a given altitude. Scholars use the relationship of a tangent segment and the radius of a circle to find the solution to the problem.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask the class to graph the relationship between altitude and distance to the horizon
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes students understand the tangent line is perpendicular to a radius
  • The class must know the approximate radius of the Earth

  • Includes a diagram to illustrate the problem in the answer key
  • Designates the mathematical processes involved in the problem

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