Car Park

Students are asked to apply their knowledge of Upper and Lower Bounds to the test by designing a car park. You may wish to have a lesson beforehand explaining Upper and Lower Bounds – this activity could then be used as an opportunity for students to apply them. This work also involves some aspects of scale drawing.

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Overview of task

Students are asked to apply their knowledge of Upper and Lower Bounds to the test by designing a car park. You may wish to have a lesson beforehand explaining Upper and Lower Bounds – this activity could then be used as an opportunity for students to apply them. This work also involves some aspects of scale drawing.

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Strand(s)

Number and Measures

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Prior knowledge

An understanding of Upper and Lower Bounds is required.

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Relevance to Core Maths qualifications

  • AQA
  • C&G
  • Eduqas
  • Pearson/ Edexcel
  • OCR

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Suggested approaches

This task is suitable for group or paired work, with plenty of opportunities for collaboration and discussion with the whole class to compare options for laying out the car park.

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Resources/documentation

In addition to these teacher notes/guidance, a PowerPoint presentation is provided, which can be used to provide a brief introduction to the task and the required information.

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Relevant digital technologies

Students could use a variety of software packages to illustrate their designs. For example, a simple graphics package could be used to produce a simple scale drawing that would allow different layouts to be investigated.

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Possible extensions

A variety of extensions are possible. For example:

  • Learners could be asked to calculate the projected profit if the facility were organised as a pay-and-display car park.
  • The dimensions given could be compared to current practice in terms of parking bay sizes.
  • Learners could demonstrate the practicality of their designs by showing how a ‘model vehicle’ (perhaps a simple piece of card cut to scale) could manoeuvre safely.

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Acknowledgement

Developed by the mathematics department at Oakwood Grange Academy, West Yorkshire.