Lesson Plan

Trigonometry and Complex Numbers

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Complex numbers were first represented on the complex plane, now they are being represented using sine and cosine. Introduce the class to the polar form of a complex number with the 13th part of a 32-part series that defines the argument of a complex number in terms of a rotation, and connects the definition to the sine and cosine functions learned in previous courses. Then pupils convert between polar and rectangular forms of complex numbers.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Conduct a brief review of trigonometric functions prior to starting the lesson
  • Use the trigonometry review problems to identify class members that will need additional support during the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Individuals should be familiar with special right triangles and finding any side given one other side
  • The teacher notes provide additional suggestions to help the class be successful with the concepts
  • Each section has its own suggested timing
  • None
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