Area Exploration

Area Exploration

CRA Description : 
In this activity, students will explore the computation of area by calculating the cost of pools per square foot. They will start by looking at simple designs that incorporate shapes for which they can easily calculate the area. Next, they will calculate the area of more complicated pool shapes. Students are expected to struggle with finding the area of these shapes. The instructor will guide them in finding ways to estimate the areas of these shapes. Finally, the instructor will introduce the idea of limits.
Subjects: 
Mathematics
Pre-Calculus
Key Concepts and Terms: 
Area
Estimation
Limit
Precision
Square Foot
Prior Knowledge: 
Students should understand and be able to calculate the area of simple geometric figures, specifically rectangles.