Measuring the World around us: Classic vs modern tools of measuring distances and heights

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Secondary School

Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Geography


English, German

How tall is the skyscraper that rises up high above our heads, how high the mountain we are climbing at or the TV tower sending around signals in all directions?

In the teaching unit ‘Measuring the world around us’ the students work our carious methods to measure the world with their smartphones.

Students become acquainted with the principle of parallax before they use special Apps to find out how far the distance to a certain target is. Afterwards they measure the temperature and the air pressure at the base and at the top of the target to find out about its height.

Authors: Damjan Štrus (SLO) und Corina Toma (RUM) | Hg. Science on Stage Deutschland e.V. | Lizenz: Creative Commons

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Measuring the World around us - EN

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Die Vermessung unserer Welt - DE

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