Will It Fit?

Try to fit the round top in a rectangular hole. The short assessment provides an opportunity for the class to apply the Pythagorean Theorem to a real-world problem. Using the dimensions of a circular table top and a door opening, pupils calculate to determine whether the table top will fit through the door.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Lead a discussion on the limitations of finding the diagonal, such as not taking into account of the thickness of the table top
Classroom Considerations

  • The class should be familiar with the Pythagorean Theorem
  • Individuals need to determine the level of accuracy required to solve the problem
Pros

  • Provides instructional suggestions for different levels of understanding
  • Contains descriptions of common misconceptions
Cons

  • None
Common Core