Modeling Riverbeds with Polynomials (part 1)

Many things in life take the shape of a polynomial curve. Learners design a polynomial function to model a riverbed. Using different strategies, they find the flow rate through the river.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use as a guided performance task assessment
  • Begin with a review of area of trapezoids and triangles to prepare for the lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Individuals need graphing calculators
  • The 14th in a 42-part series
Pros

  • Uses a real-life example to illustrate the significance of mathematics in the world
  • Provides detailed teacher notes and guidance throughout the lesson
Cons

  • None