Sunday, November 23, 2008

Taj Mahal

QUESTION 1: List 3 facts about the Taj Mahal and post them on the page. Cite where you found the information (i.e. the book's title, copy and paste the website, etc.). You may not use the same facts that someone else has already posted.
QUESTION 2: List all the ways you see math being used in the Taj Mahal. You may not use the same ideas someone else has posted. You may use outside resources to help you. Think about science, architecture, history, math, etc. Math is not just one subject, it is a universal language that is intertwined into all things. Be creative. Use your resources. Do some research! I can't want to see what you discover. :)

More photographs and videos about the Taj Mahal will be posted at a future date.


  1. Wow, I always wished I could be able to go and visit a different country and experience new things!
    -Emily Woodard

  2. Answer to question one: 1. It was built in 1631 2. By Fifth Mughal Emperor 3. Its location is on the banks of River Yamuna in Agra, India.

    Answer to question two: 1. Estamating how much money it will take to build it 2. Weighing the peices 3. Measure the lengths of the objects you need to build it 4. Find out how much money you'll need to pay the workers 5. Figure out how much you can lift
    -By Emily Woodard

  3. Wow, that palace is AMAZING!!! It reminds me of the one in Aladin.(Arabian Night) I hope someday I will be lucky enough to witness that with my own eyes.

  4. Answer to question 1: 1.Some important studies feel that Taj Mahal is sinking. 2.The name Taj Mahal when translated means "Crown Palace" or "Crown of the Palace." 3.The Taj Mahal is regarded as the eighth wonder of the world.


  5. I miss you so much Miss Bailin!! You should of seen me play Mr. Urken in basketball! We were playing to ten counting by ones. You had to win by two's and I took him all the way to 16 but then he unfortunately won at 18.(he had to use his unfair height advantage)Can't wait to see you!!
    P.S. I've been practicing the spider dribble and Mr. Urken has faith that I will beat you!!

  6. Three facts about the Taj Mahal are:
    1. It took 22 years to build. From 1631-1653. Wow that's a long time.
    2. It was built to honor the Emperor's wife.
    3. The walls had semi precious stones in laid the marble but they got stolen during wars.

  7. The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built by Shah Jahan. It is made of white marble and tile. The dome has a finial on top made of bronze.
    Hi Miss Bailin - I can finally start blogging. Our server has been down for 10 days. Cox came today, finally. I tried to e-mail you from school on friday but it was undeliverable. I will try to make up for last week. Brandt

  8. I miss you and will look up the math facts tomorrow. I worked on my journal entry today.

  9. Wow, that must have been a beautiful sight. I hope one day to visit.

  10. hey ms reynolds. i had you freshmen year at Shadow. I dont know if you remember me but hi anyway!!

    ~Jessica Terry

  11. Ms. Reynolds! i totally miss you oh my goodness i must say though i do not like all the horizon stuff i mean you tought here first and were just here in the dark like shoot..... you should really rep some Matadors lol :) MIss you

    Lexa Estrada P.S. oh and don't think i forgot that we wrote those notes to ourselves for graduation you better be there!! :)))

  12. Wow these building are amazing.
    just the way that they are built and the way that they are so well preserved.
    i just think that every little marking that went into it probably took years and years to build.

    also the camera. is like amazing
    and the people in all of the pictures look so friendly.
    but i guess this is one of those little things that shows the good side of India.
    but most of India is in the slums. most of the India population. is in terrible condition.

    but i guess it also states that there is good in the world. and in some places that you think are just so terrible, there is a light. that light just needs to be exsposed.

  13. The Taj Mahal is definitely amazing! I hope I can see it for myself one day!

  14. it's cool that you where those socks on your feet in the taj mahal.

  15. Why did you have to wear the booties on your feet???

  16. The Taj Mahal is a freak'n sweet piece of architecture

  17. thats seriously frazome!

  18. Jessica - Miss Reynolds says, "Hi! Thanks for checking out the blog. What's up?"

    Emily - I miss you so much too! Great posts! I love how everyone is sharing information.

    Ben - you would love India, but I think the poverty here would break your heart. Aladdin was my first thought too! I just goes to show us how our culture has programmed our knowledge and images of the world and what we relate/connect our experiences to. That s why I think it is important to "see" many different things because then that changes the way you view yourself, life, and future experiences. I am amused that we had the same thought. Isn't it weird how the setting of Aladdin is not even in India?! That makes me laugh because it is a totally different place. Haha! Nice work almost beating Mr. Hurricane. He is tall, but you will grow one day. Keep drinking water and eating well. Being healthy is the best way to feed your muscles and height. Also, there is extensive research on how sleep helps people reach their full genetic potential, so make sure you're not staying up all night practicing the Spider move because you still need to grow, so you can be taller than Mr. Hurricane and beat him. :) I will need to practice when I get back before our challenge. I'm nervous. :)

    Brandt - You're doing great and posting a lot of valuable questions and insights. Keep it up!

    Michael - Good work working on your journal entries. :) I miss you.

    Anon - I love the wisdom in your writing. :)

    Jonolin33 - You have to wear booties or go barefoot because it is a sacred place. In their culture it is a sign of respect and people usually do not wear shoes in homes, temples, etc.
    Imagine what would happen to the grounds of the Taj if millions of people wore their shoes there every day. That would be a mess.

  19. Reynolds and BailinNovember 29, 2008 at 8:12 AM

    SHADOW STUDENTS!!! You KNOW I will rock your graduation, don't you worry! I will never forget my "first year" students. You were amazing! Thanks for posting and keep in touch!


  20. Answer to question 1:It means crown palace,They think taj mahal is sinking,Shah jahan made it.

  21. Answer to question 1

    The Taj Mahal (also "the Taj") is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Indian and Islamic architectural styles, especially those of Persia and Turkey.

    The construction of Taj Mahal begun soon after Mumtaz's death with the principal mausoleum completed in 1648.

    The base structure is a large, multi-chambered structure.

  22. Answer to question 2

    The measurements used to plan and construct Taj Mahal.
    The base is essentially a cube with chamfered edges and is roughly 55 meters on each side.

    The marble dome that surmounts the tomb is its most spectacular feature. Its height is about the same size as the base of the building, about 35 meters, and is accentuated as it sits on a cylindrical "drum" of about 7 metres high.

  23. Answer to question 1:It was about 2 million dollars,The workforce was 22,000,The hight of the dome is 35 meters.