The Lunar Lander – Ascending from the Moon

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What angle? Groups determine the height of the lunar lander as it ascends from the surface of the moon and calculate the angle of elevation of the lunar lander at specific times and distances. The provided series of questions lead the groups to discover that the angle of elevation never reaches a particular degree.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the activity to introduce inverse trigonometric functions
  • Provide a short review of manipulating trigonometric functions
Classroom Considerations

  • Class should be familiar with using trigonometry to solve right triangle problems 
Pros

  • The answer key provides a solution method with all of the needed steps.
  • The suggested extension brings the mathematics back to the scenario
Cons

  • None