Instructional Video

Modeling with Trig Functions

Find out what to do with Ferris wheels that keep going up and down. Individuals learn how to determine the frequency of a trigonometric function. Pupils use their knowledge of trigonometric functions to model periodic motions like Ferris wheels. They continue to interpret the models within the context.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Brainstorm with the class other scenarios to model with trigonometric functions
Classroom Considerations
  • Serves as the third lesson in a series of four that covers graphing sine and cosine
  • Assumes the ability to find the amplitude, midline, and period of trigonometric functions
  • Contains an exit ticket to check for understanding
  • Uses colors to highlight calculations and solutions to the word problems
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