TES Maths ROTW: Pythagoras and trigonometry questions

Craig Barton
21st November 2016

TES Maths Resource of the Week

Resource title: Pythagoras and trigonometry question generator

Resource author: MrJackdaw

What is it?

I tend to get a bit over-excited when I come across a resource with a fancy spreadsheet, but I think you'll agree with me on this one.

Using this clever resource, you can generate a plethora of 2D Pythagoras and trigonometry questions at the click of a button. Even better, you have the option to mix them up. So it's not just a case of having separate Pythagoras and sine questions, for example. You can generate a random selection to encourage students to select the appropriate method, before they move on to solving the problem.

How can it be used?

First things first, make sure you enable the macros when prompted otherwise it won't work. With that done, you're left with a resource that can be used at any point during a lesson. You could use it at the start to establish baseline knowledge before progressing to 3D trigonometry. Or part way through to check progress. Or - and this is my preference - for random revision sessions. Why not throw it out to them at the end of a lesson of cumulative frequency diagrams? You'll be able to find out what they've really learnt. 

Craig Barton

Craig is a secondary maths teacher in the North of England.

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