Module 6: Modeling Periodic Behavior

Around and around we go ... again, and again, and again, and again! That's the nature of a periodic function. Young scholars learn how to model a periodic pattern with trigonometric functions. The nine-lesson unit explores the connection between right triangle trigonometry and graphing sine and cosine functions while including contextual situations. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Incorporate technology such as graphing calculators or online applications to study the periodic functions
  • Use introductory activities in collaborative groups to encourage discussion
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects proficiency in evaluating trigonometric expressions
  • The complete module is the sixth of 10 Algebra II units
Pros

  • Encourages higher order thinking skills
  • Connects new learning to prior understanding
Cons

  • None