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Poles, Parking Lots, and Mount Piton: Classroom Activities that Combine Astronomy, History, and Mathematics

Seán Madden, Jocelyn Comstock, James Downing 

September 2006, Volume 100, Issue 2, Page 94

Abstract:
How a series of lessons might be used to allow students to discover the size of the Earth, the distance to the Moon, the size of the Moon, and the altitude of Mount Piton on the Moon. Measurement with a sextant, principles of geometry and trigonometry, and historically important scientists and mathematicians are discussed.

Keywords:
Article
Cross-Content (Math Only) Connections
Grades 9-12
Geometry & Measurement
Teacher
Lesson Plans
Trigonometry
Modeling
Problems
Problem Solving / Problem Posing
Representation