Some good Maths Projects.
The Little Red Tractor.
The Little Red Tractor.
The little red tractor. This project is suitable for good 13, 14, 15 year old students.
There are several ways of working this problem out. One of the ways is quite simple!
The formula which is obtained for cutting a paddock measuring x metres by y metres is quite useful !
Print and then photocopy the page for your students. It is a good project for them to work on.
It takes about 1.5 to 2 hours of work and easy to assess.
I assess it on a graded system of
A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C.
A+ is outstanding with extra relevant material added
C grade is unsatisfactory!
These grades can be converted to marks when needed.
A+ = 10,
A = 8,
A- = 6,
B+ = 4,
B = 2,
B- = 0,
C = redo!
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For Year 10 or 14 yrs old students who dislike maths or find the subject difficult.
Yes! Mathematics Homework
published by Pearson Longman 2004.
Maths homework for Year 10 or 14 yrs old students who dislike maths or find the subject difficult.
It's a Mathematical World Book 1
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It's a Mathematical World Book 2
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Form 5 Mathematics published by Ilam Publications 1975. For Year 11 or 15yr old students.
42 Mathematical Digests published between 1987 and 2008.
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March 20th, 2014.
Some good mathematical projects.
THE LITTLE RED TRACTOR.
The little red tractor is happily cutting grass in a paddock which measures 100 metres by 100 metres. It cuts the paddock in a clockwise direction working in a spiral to cut all the grass without going over any part of the paddock more than once. The width of the cut is 2 metres, and this allows for a slight overlap which will ensure all the grass in the paddock is cut.
What is the minimum distance the little red tractor will need to travel so that all the grass in the paddock is cut?
How does the little red tractor cut the outside edges of the paddock? Have you taken this into account in your calculation of the total minimum distance?
If a paddock measured x metres by x metres what would be the minumum
distance to cut the grass then?
For a rectangular paddock measuring x metres by y metres what would be the minimum distance the little red tractor would have to travel, to cut all the grass.