Modeling Riverbeds with Polynomials (part 2)

Examine the power of technology while modeling with polynomial functions. Using the website wolfram alpha, learners develop a polynomial function to model the shape of a riverbed. Ultimately, they determine the flow rate through the river.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Allow learners to work with partners and complete the lesson independently
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils need access to the Internet or a graphing calculator
  • A direct extension from lesson 14 in the series
Pros

  • Incorporates a powerful technology tool that learners may find useful for other applications
  • Practice problems provided allow individuals to extend their learning and solidify concepts learned
Cons

  • None