Is Edgar Allan Poe Really a Mathematician?

M. Todd Edwards, Judy Brown, Jennifer Helton, Tamra C. Ragland


In the following article, the authors discuss work associated with The Pit and the Pendulum, a three-week project-based learning unit. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's story of the same name, the project encourages students to connect their knowledge of trigonometry, physics, and language arts as they analyze Poe's classic work. In particular, students use clues from Poe's written descriptions to determine whether the prisoner in "The Pit and the Pendulum" has time to escape.


dynamic geometry software; project-based learning; inquiry; secondary-level mathematics trigonometry

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