The midline of the mathematical model of the number of hours of sunlight is not 12 hours. Pupils use the modeling cycle to determine a function that will model the number of hours of sunlight at a location of their choosing. Using sunrise/sunset data, scholars calculate the maximum and minimum number of hours of daylight along with the period. The information gives them the necessary data to determine the parameters of a trigonometric function to serve as a model.
- Lead a discussion on what type of function would model the data
- Provide a short lesson on the six steps of the modeling cycle
- Requires access to sunrise and sunset data for a year
- Provides a description and an example on how to solve the problem
- Gives suggestions on how to enrich the task