Sacre Coeur Funicular

Rise to the challenge of trigonometry. Watching a video of an ascending funicular at the Sacre Coeur in Paris sets the stage for a challenging task. Young mathematicians use a given diagram, along with the concepts of slope and trigonometry, to determine the length of the funicular's track.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Team up with a French teacher for the activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes pupils understand slope
  • Note that the provided diagram uses commas rather than decimal points

  • Provides a link to trigonometry resources

  • Does not provide an answer key
Common Core