Free Falling: Working with Radicals

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Look out, radical falling! The lesson plan shows the class how to evaluate formulas that include radicals. They involve escape velocity, sight distance, and free fall times. Pupils then discuss what occupations may use radicals in their work. The lesson plan is the fourth of 10 that connect mathematics and careers.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Provide the class with instruction on how to work with radicals
  • Use in eighth grade if the pupils do not simplify the radicals
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires calculators to simplify the radicals
Pros

  • The answer key provides the decimal approximations
  • Contains links to career information
Cons

  • Very few problems to use as practice