Representing Trigonometric Functions

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Discover the classic example of periodicity: Ferris wheels. Young mathematicians learn about trigonometric functions through Ferris wheels. They match functions to their graphs and relate the functions to the context.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • If available, bring in a model of a Ferris wheel for learners to reference as they complete the activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Note that the resource recommends using a scientific calculator, not a graphing calculator
  • Ideally, pupils will have previous experience with the sine and cosine functions

  • Teacher guide explains how to divide the activity to complete over two days if that works better in your lesson plan
  • Includes a table of common issues and how to correct them

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