Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Clinometer Project (Day 2 of 2) - Section 2: Closure


I learned from my students that I made it really difficult on them because there is a brick wall around the Bell Tower which is surrounded by steps. So, they had difficulty measuring the distance they were standing away from the tower.

I personally thought this was part of the fun and challenge. My students had to try to make a precise measurement despite these obstacles. So they couldn’t just lay their meter stick on the ground and turn it end over end to get the measurement. Some felt it was unfair that I was grading this problem. So, next year I may choose an ‘easier’ object for the item to measure for the assessment.

  Grappling with Complexity: Solving Real World Problems
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Clinometer Project (Day 2 of 2)

Unit 12: Fundamentals of Trigonometry
Lesson 7 of 17

Objective: SWBAT use trigonometric ratios to solve real-world problems.

Big Idea: Using clinometers and their trig knowledge, students measure really tall objects around campus.

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Math, Pythagorean Theroem, trigonometric ratios, Trigonometry, PreCalculus, real world application, ratios
  50 minutes
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