Round and Round We Go

Connect the dots on trigonometry with K'nex. Scholars use a K'nex model of a Ferris wheel to collect data points to plot on a height versus time graph. They'll then consider what type of function best models the data in the graph—and hopefully they come up with a trigonometric function!

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have pupils research data on a real Ferris wheel to write a trigonometric function
Classroom Considerations

  • Activity requires a variety of materials; see resource for complete list
  • Learners should have a basic familiarity with graphs of trigonometric functions

  • Provides links to video clips to show the class
  • Lists very detailed lesson procedures

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