# Measuring the Size of the Earth

Initial Publication Date: June 30, 2008 | Reviewed: July 11, 2017

## Summary

In this activity, students explore the method used by Eratosthenes to estimate the circumference of the earth. After engaging with the geometry and data Eratosthenes used, students compute the radius and volume of the Earth.

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## Learning Goals

**Objectives**

**Mathematical Skills**

## Context for Use

This activity consists of a set of quantitative problem-solving exercises that can be used as an in-class activity or an assignment in any introductory geology, geography, or Earth and space science course.

## Description and Teaching Materials

## Teaching Notes and Tips

An Instructor's Guide to all Kéyah Math activities is available online from the Instructor Resources page on the Kéyah Math website.

## Assessment

Students record their work and answers in a word-processor document or a notebook, which can be submitted to the instructor for assessment. Solutions to these problems are available online from the Instructor Resources page on the Kéyah Math website.

## References and Resources

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