Student stares upward to determine angle of McDonnell Hall

US Students Use Trigonometry to Measure Height of Campus Buildings

9th Graders in Laurie Stuchlik’s class took their learning outside this week to measure the height of McDonnell Hall and the bell tower above Founder’s Court – but no ladder was required.

“They’re using Trig ratios to estimate the height of the bell tower and McDonnell hall,” said Stuchlik. “They’re measuring the distance from the building, using their phone to estimate the angle of elevation and then using a trig equation to approximate the height of these buildings.”

The students downloaded an app on their phone that allowed them to get that approximate angle of elevation, combining their everyday technology with trigonometry.