Toilet Paper Geometry

This week in the Learning Centre, the Stage 4 and 5 Mathematics students were set an interesting challenge – to investigate how many toilet paper rolls would be needed to cover the school’s basketball court!

After many measurements and calculations, our students determined that 165 rolls of toilet paper would just cover the surface of the basketball court.

Of course, we didn’t have 165 rolls of toilet paper lying around. Each group arrived at the successful conclusion using just one!

See if you can work out how they solved the problem by looking at the following images…