Maths Careers: How mathematics helps solve murders
This collection contains a range of teaching materials to support the Maths Careers article 'How mathematics helps solve murders' by Hazel Lewis.
The resources include a link to the full article, classroom resources for teaching trigonometry and ideas for how best to teach trigonometry in real-life contexts.
Links and Resources
This activity from Subtangent generates an endless sequence of trigonometry problems in right angled triangles. Students can choose to focus on finding a missing side, angle or allow a random selection of questions. The answers are given and, to support learning, include any necessary working out. An on-screen scientific calculator is available.
This sub-collection of resources from the Virtual Text Book collection contains five resources designed for use on an interactive whiteboard to aid the teaching and learning of a variety of topics in ‘Pythagoras and Trigonometry’. Each resource is an interactive Excel worksheet to encourage teacher-student interaction. The topics covered are:
• Basic Trigonometry
• Cosine Rule
• Sine Rule
• Trigonometric Graphs
In this video resource from Teachers TV teacher of mathematics Andy Grice, delivers a practical lesson on trigonometry to a class of GCSE students. Working in groups, they first estimate the height of four buildings on the school site. They then measure actual distances and angles which are used, back in the classroom, to calculate the heights of the buildings and compare these to their original estimates.
These materials from Defence Dynamics encourage the use of problem solving skills and knowledge of trigonometry to directly assist the Royal Navy in a series of civilian and armed forces personnel rescue efforts from as far north as Scotland down to Cornwall.
Students can watch video footage of real-life rescue efforts and test their skills through the accompanying multiple-choice quiz.
This resource, from Mathematics for Engineering Exemplars, shows the application of mathematics within the aeronautical industry. Students are given a scenario which involves the recovery of stranded mountaineers by a rescue helicopter and the considerations required for a successful outcome. Trigonometry, formula transposition and vector mathematics are used to calculate distance, bearings, fuel consumption and flight time.
Detailed notes and examples are provided and there are extension activities for students to complete, together with learning outcomes and assessment criteria.
In this problem the learners, acting as a helicopter-rescue crew, are asked to rescue a casualty and get them to hospital. The teacher chooses the challenge level by setting the values of some variables. Students will represent and analyse a problem mathematically, interpret and communicate solutions.
This booklet has been provided by More Maths Grads and it is designed to highlight the versatility of mathematics and to show that a degree in the mathematical sciences can take students anywhere; it can open doors, from developing software technologies to being a professional rugby league player. Working on exciting and innovative projects, mathematicians are highly valued and an essential element of any successful team.
|Tags||mathematics, Careers, maths careers|
|Age||11-14, 14-16, 16-19|
|Last updated||06 April 2016|
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