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The great Adirondack surveyor
Seeing mathematics in a ’real-world’ context helps students understand the relevance of the mathematics they are learning. This is a fascinating history of the application of trigonometry to surveying. There are interactive demonstrations of the techniques used.
|Year level(s)||Year 10|
|Purpose||Teaching resource, Content knowledge|
|Keywords||Angle, Length, Height, Tangent, Cosine, Sine, Trigonometry, Depression, Elevation|
|Curriculum connections||Critical and creative thinking|
|Strand and focus||Space|
|Topics||Pythagoras and trigonometry|
|AC: Mathematics (V9.0) content descriptions||
Solve practical problems applying Pythagoras' theorem and trigonometry of right-angled triangles, including problems involving direction and angles of elevation and depression
Understanding geometric properties (P7)
Understanding units of measurement (P10)
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