Education Technology

NUMB3RS - Season 2 - "Obsession" - Telling Time with the Sun

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

In "Obsession," Charlie has a photograph that shows a basketball hoop and its shadow from the sun. He then uses trigonometry to determine the sun's angle of elevation. Knowing the sun's elevation and the time of day, Charlie could then figure out where the photograph was taken.

Before the Activity

Download the attached PDF and look over the Teacher page.

During the Activity

Discuss the materials from the Student Page with your class.

After the Activity

Encourage students to explore web sites and questions from the Extensions page.