Trigonometry Gets to Work

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Trigonometry Gets to Work

These problems provide different contexts in which trigonometry can be used to solve practical problems.

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Stadium Sightline 

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?

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Construct the Solar System 

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.

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Far Horizon 

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?

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Perfect Eclipse 

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.

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How the Velodrome Found Its Form 

Stage: 4 and 5

The Velodrome was one of the most striking buildings in the London 2012 Olympic Park. This article explores how mathematics helped design the iconic building and its track.