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History of Measurement

This brief article describes some methods of indirect measurement that have been applied throughout history to the problem of estimating the height of tall trees. Several methods involving scaling, angles, ratios, and tools are discussed.
Contributed by: Millennium Mathematics Project - Publisher, NRICH team - Author
Math TopicMathematics History, Measurement, Number Sense, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes, Other Math Topic
Grade Level5, 6+
Resource TypeActivity, Reference Materials, Article

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceLearner
    • LanguageEnglish (United Kingdom)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary ConnectionScience
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorMillennium Mathematics Project - Publisher, NRICH team - Author
    • Publication Date2013
    • RightsCopyright 1997-2012 University of Cambridge
    • AccessFree access
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