Put your advanced trigonometry skills to use as a civil engineer. The Tunnel of Eupalinos is a mathematical marvel in which in 6 BC an aqueduct was constructed through a mountain. This feat is even more impressive because both ends of the tunnel were dug at the same time. They believed they would be able to meet in the middle... and they did! Use this piece of history as a conduit for advanced geometry.
If you choose to take the project to the end students will need to construct and dig a tunnel similar to Eupalinos through a lump of Playdough!
In this 13 page document you will be given a mapping to the Content Standards, an outline for how to implement the project, and handout resources for students to use.
-- In “Civil Engineer” students will solve a variety of bridge and tunnel problems using advanced trigonometry. The problems range in difficulty. They may require to sketch pictures or make recommendations.
-- In “Tunnel of Eupalinos” students watch a video about the Tunnel of Eupalinos and answer a few questions. This assignment would be brief and would only last 15 minutes or so. The link to the primary video is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPP2pdEI-lc
-- In “Mount Playdough” students will design and construct a tunnel from both sides of a lump of Playdough. Further instructions are provided inside.
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