Ferris Wheels—Using Trigonometric Functions to Model Cyclical Behavior

Have class members going in circles as they model the path of a Ferris Wheel using trigonometric functions. Building on the previous lesson in this series on transformations, learners use trigonometric functions to model wheels of different heights and diameters. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the scaffolding tips to differentiate within your classroom
  • Discuss different problem solving strategies before attempting the first challenge
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners need graphing calculators or graphing software to complete the activity
Pros

  • Examples and practice problems provide a range of difficulty
  • Provides a set of problems for independent practice, including a worked-out answer key
Cons

  • None