How high will it go?
Finding the height achieved by a flying object using trigonometry.
In this activity learners will work out the height of a released balloon using a clinometer and trigonometry. This is one of a series of resources designed to allow learners to use the theme of the future of flight to develop their knowledge and skills in in Design and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
This activity could be used as a main lesson activity to teach learners about the practical application of trigonometry. It could also be used as part of an introduction to the use of trigonometry within engineering.
You will need:
- Thin card
- Balloon pump, if required
- Brass split pin paper fasteners
- Sharp pencils and erasers
- Tape measure
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How high will it go activity description, notes and curriculum links
Presentation outlining how to run the activity
How high will it go handout
Template and instructions for making the protractor
How high will it go worksheet
Worksheet to record the results of the activity