Real-World Calculus Teacher Resources
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Authentic Activities for Connecting Mathematics to the Real World
6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Check out the handout from a presentation that contains a collection of high school algebra projects connecting a variety of mathematics to the real world. Activities range from simple probabilities to calculus. The activities can be...
Vector and Parametric Models of Projectile Motion
9th - 12th
High schoolers explore the vector model of projectile motion and then derive the parametric model from the vector model. Many formulas will be explored and used to solve a real-world situation. The class will be guided through solving a...
What Does Area Have to Do with Slope? | Essence of Calculus, Chapter 9
13 mins 11th - Higher Ed
It seems like area and slope wouldn't have any connection. Here is a video that explains how to find the average value of a function over an interval. It connects the area under a curve to the slope of the antiderivative curve.
Taylor Series | Essence of Calculus, Chapter 10
22 mins 11th - Higher Ed
Sometimes close enough is just perfect. The last video in a series of 11 explores the Taylor series and its connection to derivatives. It shows the process for finding Taylor series approximations for y = sin x and for y = e^x.
End-of-Module Assessment Task: Pre-Calculus Module 4
11th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Challenge your scholars to show what they know about the Law of Sines, Law of Cosines, and inverses. The six-question assessment is the last in a series of 16. Pupils find the area of triangles and show that the Law of Sines and Law of...
Using a "Natural Function" not a equation to discuss derivatives
12th - Higher Ed
In this derivative learning exercise, students relate the concept of the derivative to the "real world" model of seasons. Students are then asked to discuss zeros, increasing values, decreasing values, and critical values of this...
Exploration 1: Instantaneous Rate of Change Function
11th - 12th
In this function instructional activity, students read word problems and write functions. They determine the instantaneous rate of change and identify intervals. This three-page instructional activity contains approximately 20 problems.
NUMB3RS - Season 2 - "Convergence" - Air Hockey
9th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Learn how to use a matrix to organize data to solve a problem. This activity uses wins and losses to rank players for an air hockey tournament they wish to have. After practicing some basic matrix operations the class could do the...