This is a sample lesson plan for use in my History of Mathematics class.
TOPIC: Parametric Equations
GRADE LEVEL: High School
|The student will solve a real-life problem using parametric equations.
- Graphing calculators
- Nerf-type "gun" that will shoot a rocket-like object
- Measuring tape
- Recording sheets
- Large protractor (teacher-size for use on chalkboards) to measure angle of launch
- What is the best angle of launch if we want the nerf rocket to go the farthest distance?
- How can we model the flight of the rocket using a mathematics equation?
|Modeling the flight of the rocket.
- We will begin by answering the first question by trial and error.
- Specifically, we will fire the gun at different launch angles (30 degrees, 45 degrees, 60 degrees) and measure to determine which yields the longest flight distance.
- Next, we will discuss how to model the flight of the rocket graphically.
- Specifically, we will determine the horizontal and vertical vectors that will determine the rocket's location in space at any given time of the flight.
|| Work in progress, expect frequent changes. Help and feedback is welcome. See discussion page.