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Is the Statue of Liberty's nose too long?

This problem from the Figure This! collection of NCTM asks the student to make measurements and consider proportion and scaling to estimate the length of the Statue's nose, given the length of her arm. The activity includes links to a hint, the solution, related math questions, and additional resources.
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Contributed by: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) - Publisher, National Science Foundation (NSF) - Initiator, U.S. Department of Education - Initiator, KnowNet Construction, Inc. - Graphical designer
Math TopicMeasurement, Number Sense, Basic Operations, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes, Other Math Topic
Grade Level4, 5, 6+
Resource TypeActivity

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceLearner
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary ConnectionEngineering
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorNational Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) - Publisher, National Science Foundation (NSF) - Initiator, U.S. Department of Education - Initiator, KnowNet Construction, Inc. - Graphical designer
    • Publication Date2012
    • RightsCopyright (c) 2004 National Council of Teacher of Mathematics
      http://www.nctm.org/about/content.aspx?id=8854
    • AccessAvailable for purchase, Free access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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  • User Comments
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      Accessible and extendable
      By Uncle Bob on 10/01/2012 - 16:17
    • There are plenty of pics and facts available on the web. Perhaps your school is planning to visit NYC. This idea can extend to other large monuments and works of art. This activity would be a nice common sense intro to proportion.