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Since the length of BC and CA are equal the angles ABC and CAB are equal and hence also measure 60 degrees. Thus triangle BCA is an equilateral triangle and the length of AB is 1.1 m. In the diagram above triangle M is the midpoint of AB and triangle BCM is a right triangle so Pythagoras theorem gives
and thus
Now look at the triangle TCM where T is the peak of the tipi.
This is also a right triangle and using Pythagoras theorem again gives
For each of the 6 sides of the tipi I would measure a base of 1.6 m and from the midpoint M of the base measure upwards 2.6 m to T. Check that the lengths of TA and BT are equal. In the central plains of Canada where Math Central is located the Indigenous people lived in tipis. On a companion web site to Math Central called Aboriginal Perspectives there are video clips of Aboriginal leaders teaching children to raise a tipi in traditional fashions. You can see the clips here and here. Harley  


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