Benchmark Reflection

This project relates to the real world because you can't always be exact and sometimes approximations are good enough if done correctly. Exact measurements are not really crucial anyway unless it comes down to that point because you can't be off by the smallest bit. Otherwise approximations are much more convenient.  Also it is not realistic to measure the height of the building using a yardstick or tape. It relates to the problem of finding long distances without being able to measure them which can easily be solved with trigonometry. This project showed me how math specifically trigonometry can be applied in real life.
The most exciting part of the project was to go outside and taking the measurements. I loved it because it was easy and it helped be understand trigonometry better since I am a visual learner. I love to go outside to get fresh air. Also I never expected to go outside for a geometry benchmark since I always had projects where math was just on paper. The least exciting portion was to actually do the math and calculations. I do not like to do calculation because you can be wrong easily and naturally it is the most boring part of most math projects. I also feel that most of the time when doing calculation I am missing something but, I am just being paranoid.
I learned that approximations are essential when you can't get an exact answer and that trigonometry is important in everyday life. Trigonometry is found in life all the time and is in the most unexpected of places. Such as GPS and like the project we were doing. Also when finding the distances between two points trigonometry, if used correctly can easily be used to find the length, and if the correct requirements are met for the calculation your answer would be extremely close for an approximation. It is amazing how one of the most common shapes can go unnoticed so easily to the point where people forget there is a whole science behind that specific shape.
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