This isn't rocket science, you know. A performance task has learners use right triangle trigonometry to calculate distances from stations on Earth to a satellite. It also requires finding the distance between two stations along the surface of the earth by using arc lengths.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the worksheet as a homework assignment
Classroom Considerations

  • A calculator with trigonometric functions is necessary
  • Learners should be familiar with how to determine arc length

  • Provides a diagram that makes the situation easy to visualize
  • Includes correct answer explanations and a rubric

  • None
Common Core