Hut building

Purpose

The purpose of this activity is to engage students in relating two dimensional projections to a three dimensional perspective in the context of a scale and unit conversion measurement problem.

Description of Mathematics

The background knowledge and skills that need to be established before and/or during this activity are outlined in the diagram below:

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This activity may be carried out with step by step guidance, or by allowing the student to follow their own method of solution. The approach should be chosen in sympathy with students' skills and depth of understanding.

 

Activity

A hut is to be built with a single pitch roof. The plans below show the main structure of the hut, but needs a chimney to be added with the following specifications.

  • The top of the chimney must be 500 mm above the top of the roof.
  • The chimney will be attached to the centre of the outside of the South wall.
  • The base of the chimney is to be 1m wide by 50 cm deep.

Note: Each of the squares on the paper are 5 mm x 5 mm.

The procedural approach  (show more)

  • The student is able to follow a procedure in order to make the specified changes to two dimensional plans, consistent with the three dimensional perspective and the measurements given in a range of units.

The conceptual approach  (show more)

  • The student is able to make the specified changes to two dimensional plans, consistent with the three dimensional perspective and the measurements given in a range of units.

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