The Height and Co-Height Functions of a Ferris Wheel

Show learners the power of mathematics as they model real-life designs. Pupils graph a periodic function by comparing the degree of rotation to the height of a ferris wheel. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use an input-output table to help learners understand the periodic nature of the function
Classroom Considerations

  • Addresses concepts and models created in the previous lesson in this series
  • Learners need graph paper, protractors, and small paper plates
Pros

  • Resources include opening and closing exercises with answer keys
  • Provides practice problems that encourage higher-level thinking
Cons

  • None
Common Core