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Broad Topics > History and Philosophy of Mathematics > History of measurement

History of Trigonometry - Part 2

Stage: 3, 4 and 5

The second of three articles on the History of Trigonometry.

The History of Trigonometry- Part 1

Stage: 3, 4 and 5

The first of three articles on the History of Trigonometry. This takes us from the Egyptians to early work on trigonometry in China.

A Brief History of Time Measurement

Stage: 2, 3, 4 and 5

Noticing the regular movement of the Sun and the stars has led to a desire to measure time. This article for teachers and learners looks at the history of man's need to measure things.

History of Money

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

If you would like a new CD you would probably go into a shop and buy one using coins or notes. (You might need to do a bit of saving first!) However, this way of paying for the things you want did. . . .

Measure for Measure

Stage: 1 and 2

This article, written for students, looks at how some measuring units and devices were developed.

A History of Astronomy

Stage: 2

Astronomy grew out of problems that the early civilisations had. They needed to solve problems relating to time and distance - both mathematical topics.

Calendars

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

Calendars were one of the earliest calculating devices developed by civilizations. Find out about the Mayan calendar in this article.

The Moving Planets

Stage: 2 and 3

Mathematics has always been a powerful tool for studying, measuring and calculating the movements of the planets, and this article gives several examples.

Weigh to Go

Stage: 1 and 2

This article for teachers recounts the history of measurement, encouraging it to be used as a spring board for cross-curricular activity.

History of Measurement

Stage: 2 and 3

This article tells you all about some early ways of measuring as well as methods of measuring tall objects we can still use today. You can even have a go at some yourself!