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Trigonometry in Architecture

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Kristen Marr

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Transcript of Trigonometry in Architecture

Finding the most stable place for things like ceiling beams to intersect is an example of how an architect might use trigonometry in their job.
In history you can see where ealry forms of trigonometry were used.
Pyramids
Arches in the Colosseum
Bridges
Trigonometry in Architecture
Mathematics makes the design of buildings both safer and more accurate. Trigonometry is especially important in architecture because it allows the architect to calculate distances and forces related to diagonal elements such as roofs and custom ceilings. Of the six functions in basic trigonometry, the sine, cosine, and tangent are the most important to architecture because they allow the architect to easily find the opposite and adjacent values related to an angle or hypotenuse.
Education for an Architect
Geometry
Physics
Trigonometry
Pre-calculus and Calculus
Engineering
3-D Design
Drawing
Art Classes
Art classes are beneficial to take for drafting and conceptualizing buildings.
Symmetry, proportions, fractals, geometric shapes, and even the golden ratio are used in architecture.
Bibliography
Crooks, Ryan. "How to Use Trigonometry in Architecture | EHow." EHow. Demand Media, 15 June 2010. Web. 29 Aug. 2013. <http://www.ehow.com/how_6631509_use-trigonometry-architecture.html>.
Silva, Ricardo. "Trigonometry in Architecture." Prezi.com. N.p., 14 Nov. 2012. Web. 29 Aug. 2013. <http://prezi.com/ur-xmlxjx3oh/trigonometry-in-architecture/>.
Yu, Jason. "Real World Application of Trigonometry." Real World Application of Trigonometry. N.p., 4 Dec. 2011. Web. 29 Aug. 2013. <http://www.slideshare.net/ihatetheses/real-world-application-of-trigonometry>.
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