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Mechanical Linkages

An inspiring resource for learning numeracy

Explore the geometry of linkages in everyday items

This investigation explores the geometry involved with mechanical linkages (sets of hinged rods) that form many everyday items such as car jacks and ironing boards.

The task has varying levels available depending on the ability of the class.

The task involves students investigating geometry, first working with models or real-life examples, and next with dynamic geometry software such as Geogebra

Stage: Level 9 to 10

This resource supports:

Proficiency

  • Problem solving
  • Reasoning

HITS

  • Structuring Lessons

Cross-curricular

  • Science
  • Technologies: Digital Technologies

Audience

  • Teachers

Teaching and Learning Cycle:

  • Use student data

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Reflective Prompt

What advice would you give a new teacher using this resource to help them make connections to other areas of the curriculum where possible when teaching numeracy?

Reflective Prompt

What advice would you give a new teacher using this resource to help them make connections to other areas of the curriculum where possible when teaching numeracy?

Proficiency Reflective Prompt

How would you use this resource in your context to foster children and young people’s problem solving?

Proficiency Reflective Prompt

How would you use this resource in your context to foster children and young people’s problem solving?

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Please refer to FUSE for further details on the discontinuation of funding and transition options available for schools.