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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Teaching Mathematics

How can teachers make math enjoyable? Well, once a year i prepare the math trail for fourth year high school students when the topic involves angles of elevation and depression. Each group of students should solve three problems involving heights of the school building, of the flagpole in front of the building, and of the gymnasium.

Before the students set out on the trail, I ask them qestios as motivation: Who wants to become an engineer or an architect? A good engineer can determine the height and the cost of a building by inspection and measurements. How about determining the height of the flagpole without actually climbing to measure it?

The students are very excited and after the activity some of them go on to take up engineering courses in college.

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