Surveying the Ancient World

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Astrolabes have been used by explorers and astronomers throughout the ages. But how exactly do they work and what can a young mathematician do with one today? Students will build a simple version of this tool and then using the altitude, measure the height of various objects. Accompanying worksheets guide learners through different discoveries using their knowledge of similar triangles and trigonometric ratios. 

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CCSS: Designed

  • Provides insight into ancient mathematical practices and relates it to solving modern problems
  • An interesting get-out-of-the-room activity that helps students understand practical applications of trigonometry

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