The fortnightly Up2d8 Maths resources explore a range of mathematical themes in a topical context. The resource is not intended to be a set of instructions but rather a framework which you can personalise to fit your classroom and your learners.
The tallest building in the world has just opened in Dubai. Work began on the 828m Burj Khalifa in September 2004 and it was officially opened on 4 January (with a last minute name change from the Burj Dubai). The building breaks many records. This resource allows students the opportunity to explore proportionality in similar triangles and, in doing so, could provide an introduction to trigonometry.
The activity explores similar triangles (although explicit mention of triangles is not made in the PowerPoint). The idea of a fixed angle to observe a distant object is used as a context (a camera tripod at a fixed angle viewing the top of Canary Wharf) and students are given an opportunity to explore how much further away they would need to be to use the same angle to photograph the top of the Burj Khalifa initially, and then other tall buildings.
This resource is not year group specific and so will need to be read through and possibly adapted before use. The way in which you choose to use the resource will enable your learners to access some of the Key Processes from the Key Stage 3 Programme of Study.
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