# In-Tents Story

Here is a story with some missing mathematical words. Can you fill in the gaps?

The tent was only 190cm long. "That's nearly two " said the salesman. Jenny was more concerned with the sloping sides. "I'm worried that the sixty five degree leaves little space to move inside. The shape means you can only use the full when you are in the middle and even then I would it's only about a metre. The or height of a person is around one and a half metres."
"But this tent is very popular" the salesman said. "I sold a of 25 of them last week. Many people said how they thought the shape of the cross section (an triangle) meant the tent would be able to withstand high winds much better than a tent shaped like a with a cross section."

The initial letters of the missing words spell !

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

"So have you ever done a mathematical activity like this before? It is quite different from a typical exercise though arguably requires more analytical thinking. It works fine as an individual activity but even better if two pupils work as a team to fill in the blanks. The discussion, justification and debate generated is priceless!"

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