The Engineering of the Incas

Contributor :

Mary Oliver

Action Plan

I will take pictures of the buildings, terraces, sundial etc. to present in the problem solving and exploration process.

Pre-Departure Preparation

I teach geometry. The design, architecture, and construction of Machu Picchu are very unique. For instance the doors and windows are trapezoidal which gives more support in an earthquake. There is a huge fault line in the Andes. Students will explore and solve problems involving the design of the buildings ... the dimensions of the windows and doors, the density of the stones used to build, the slope of the terraced gardens, etc.

Preparation During Travel

I will research in more detail some of the mathematical concepts used in the planning and building of the site.