Model Air Plane Acrobatics

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Your young airplane enthusiasts will enjoy this collaborative task of graphing an airplane's distance from the ground as it flies in a perfect circle. They will discover that they have graphed a sinusoidal function that comes from the periodic nature of the airplane's distance from the ground. Connecting key features on the graph with the real-life situation is also a benefit that comes from this collaborative task.

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Classroom Considerations

  • If possible, your learners would be more engaged in this task if there was access to a real model airplane or quadcopter that could be demonstrated.

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