reSolve: Mathematical modelling – Cornering

This unit is about the way in which long vehicles, such as buses, turn corners. Students start with paper scale models, experiment with a bike then use pre-made dynamic geometry programs that highlight the geometric features of cornering, considering the vehicles’ width and front and back overhangs. They prepare a road safety presentation and a report to council about road design.

Additional details

Year level(s) Year 8, Year 9
Audience Teacher
Purpose Teaching resource
Format Downloadable resources
Teaching strategies and pedagogical approaches Mathematics investigation
Keywords circles, angles, modelling

Curriculum alignment

Curriculum connections Numeracy
Strand and focus Space, Apply understanding
Topics Pythagoras and trigonometry, Angles and geometric reasoning
AC: Mathematics (V9.0) content descriptions

Use Pythagoras' theorem to solve problems involving the side lengths of right-angled triangles


Solve spatial problems, applying angle properties, scale, similarity, Pythagoras' theorem and trigonometry in right-angled triangles

Numeracy progression Understanding geometric properties (P7)
Understanding units of measurement (P10)
Multiplicative strategies (P9)
Proportional thinking (P7)

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