Distance To The Moon

   
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Distance To The Moon is a presentation given by Colin Wright.

It can take the form of either a talk or a workshop,
whichever is preferred.

When given as a talk it takes between 20 minutes and
45 minutes, when given as a workshop it takes about
60 to 90 minutes.


Abstract

When the astronauts went to the Moon they left behind a reflector so we can measure the distance with incredible accuracy. Using simple ideas, simple maths, and a whole lot of clever thinking, we can measure how far away the Moon is from a closed room, using nothing but a stopwatch, a pendulum, and a lot of clever thinking. The talk culminates in the actual measurement. When given as a workshop the equations are derived, and then the workshop attendees themselves make the measurement. Then we can gather the data and look at the spread of results, asking the question - where does the variability come from? In this way we can explore many questions that arise in real life.

This is one of the Mathematics Talks offered by Colin Wright.


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Site hosted by Colin and Rachel Wright:
  • Maths, Design, Juggling, Computing,
  • Embroidery, Proof-reading,
  • and other clever stuff.

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