Task of the Week: Archway
In today’s Task of the Week, we would like to present a task from a MathTrail, which was developed within a project for talented students by the University of Paderborn in cooperation with the Paderborner Pelizaeus-Gymnasium. You can find more information here. We would like to present the selected task in a short interview with Max Hoffmann, member of the project. At this point, we would like to thank for the cooperation and the interview.
Task: Archway (task number: 1303)
Calculate the volume of the stones that create the archway! Give the solution in cubic meters. (Only the round part of the arc is meant).
How did you get the idea of using this object in a task?
While searching for tasks for a mathematical walking tour through the beautiful Paderborn inner city, the students independently selected this archway near the Paderquelle. The first idea was to calculate the area of the stones around the archway. I had the feeling that this kind of questioning was a typical task the students knew from their math books. After some thought, the suggestion came to modify the task so that the volume of the stones from which the archway is formed should be calculated.
What kind of mathematical activities and competences do you want to promote?
The task addresses modeling competencies (representation of the situation through two semicircles) and requires the selection and determination of appropriate measured variables. In terms of content, the known formulas for the circle are necessary for solving the problem.
Have you already processed the task with pupils or received feedback in other forms?
The task was developed by a small group and the other students of the project also solved the problem and liked it. The results of the first group were confirmed. In addition, the group presented the task at the final project event at the University of Paderborn and received positive feedback.