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Making the transition from two-dimensional shapes to three-dimensional solids can be difficult for many geometry students. This comprehensive activity starts with writing and graphing linear equations to define a bounded region and calculating the areas and perimeters of the space. Using this as a base, the activity then has learners revolve these regions to create solid figures and calculate the resulting volume. A real-world example using a bowling ball and visualization software caps off this in-depth instruction.
Students read an article on how calculus is used in the real world. In this calculus lesson, students draw a correlation between the Battle of Trafalgar and calculus. The purpose of this article is the show everyday uses for calculus in the real world.
Investigate logistic functions in a world population setting.  High schoolers will create a scatter plot of the world population from 1950 to 2050 to find a logistic function to model the data. They then discuss the end behavior of their logistic model. Graphing calculators are needed.
Students explore the various uses of the logistic function. Students use the internet to collect world population data and find a logistic model for their data and use their chosen model to predict future populations.
Real-world application of the finite geometric series. Sick? Need to take Ampicillin? How much is in the body at any given point in time as this medication is taken over the course of time. Use the formulas, make calculation, and graph the findings to draw conclusions.
Students investigate inverse functions. In this calculus lesson, students use the horizontal line test to determine if a functions inverse is a function. They define functions given a graph or an equation.
Use projects, real-world activities, and games to bring precalculus to life for students.
Students define function notations and composition of functions. In this calculus lesson, students sketch different polynomial functions. They relate parametric equations to linear and exponential functions.
If you are navigating to find a terrific lesson on GPS (global positioning system) that incorporates math, geography, and science, then you have finally arrived! This is an ideal STEM lesson in which high schoolers learn the history of GPS, read maps using Google Earth, convert latitude and longitude into minutes and seconds, practice triangulation and trilateration, and more! You will use the included PowerPoint and videos to teach, then turn learners loose to solve real-world problems.
Students explore a linear, a parabolic, and a log function.  In this Algebra II/Pre-calculus lesson plan students investigate the graph a line, a parabola, and a log function.  Students examine the three graphs as they compare and contrast the three in a problem solving context. 
High schoolers explore the vector model of projectile motion and then derive the parametric model from the vector model. Many formulas will be explored and used to solve a real-world situation. The class will be guided through solving a similar problem on the TI-89.
Students explore the concept of area under a curve.  In this area under a curve lesson, students find integrals of various functions.  Students use their Ti-Nspire to graph functions and find the area under the curve using the fundamental theorem of calculus.
Twelfth graders examine multiple aspects of statistics. In this mathematical reasoning lesson, 12th graders solve problems on probability, logarithms, exponential relationships and transforming rectilinear shapes. This resource contains several lessons which include extensions, vocabulary, and related activities.
Young scholars represent data in a periodic function. In this calculus lesson, students apply the properties of a Periodic Function to the real world.
In this derivative worksheet, students relate the concept of the derivative to the "real world" model of seasons.  Students are then asked to discuss zeros, increasing values, decreasing values, and critical values of this model.  Solutions are provided throughout the worksheet.
Students apply many hands on materials as they study sinusoidal waves. In this calculus activity, students relate periodic waves, to guitar string, microwave and many other real world materials. They create a link to the real world using math.
In this calculus activity, students problem solve 8 word problems involving rates of change in association with high school students. Students work out each problem and give a short explanation of each answer.
Students read about AP calculus online. In this calculus lesson, students learn real life usage for calculus. They read about instructors and their experience teaching and incorporating calculus into the real world.
Students investigate an article on local linearity. For this calculus lesson, students read about the application of math in the real world. They gain insight from the teachers view of how to teach and relate the topic to the real world.
Students use the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus to solve problems. In this calculus lesson plan, students use the TI to solve the graphing porting of the problem. They practice graphing functions and discuss their place in the real world.

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