Trigonometry Gets to Work

Trigonometry Gets to Work

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

Stadium Sightline 

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:
How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?

Construct the Solar System 

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.

Far Horizon 

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?

Perfect Eclipse 

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
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