Distance Formula/Bridge Building
Mr. Eric Lockert (Primary)
Students will use the distance formula to make the shortest bridge, yet under budget, from two points over land and water.
Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Curriculum Framework Components Addressed:
Transportation Systems/ Infrastructure Planning, Management and Regulation
Suggested Grade Levels:|
12.4.6 Math 2006
Â Â Â * Students will understand and use the distance formula to solve a real life problem.
Plan Of Action:
2) Review of the distance formula and some examples
3) Discussion of our problem:
- Our class of junior engineers have been chosen to build a bridge from Huskerville to Redtown. Given the information about the costs and budget, our goal is to build the shortest bridge possible (take less time to travel) and stay under budget.
4)Â Show a model built for our problem and show how this can help us in our calculations.
5)Â Discussion of other factors that we might have to consider in building our bridge/road.
Data Set Used:
Time needed: 45-60 minutes
Geometry first semester
Science, Math, Engineering and / or Technology Implications:
Considerations for Diversity in Education:
This bridge building problem could be adapted to any countries needs.
Building of infrastructure important topic in todays society.
Visual learners will benefit from the geogebra model.
Power Point presentation about Civil Engineering and Our Bridge/road problem
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Practice doing the distance formula
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Review of the steps for the students to use
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Project Calculation W.S.
Worksheet where the students try different spots to build the bridge. Final proposal included
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This geogebra model is used to check the best location for the bridge/road meeting.
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