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Title: Attitude Determines Altitude
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This crosscurricular activity allows students an opportunity to practice their skills in math, science, language arts, and technology. As an extension to the ALEX lesson 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast Off, math and science teachers collaborate to allow students to apply their math skills in science class by calculating the altitude of a paper rocket. Students are given an opportunity to expand their literary knowledge by viewing an inspirational video clip by author, expert story teller, and NASA Rocket scientist Homer Hickam as he shares his adventures in rocket science growing up in the West Virginia coal mines.
Standard(s): [ELA2013] (7) 28: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. [W.7.9] [S1] PHS (912) 12: Identify metric units for mass, distance, time, temperature, velocity, acceleration, density, force, energy, and power. [S1] PHY (912) 1: Explain linear, uniform circular, and projectile motions using one and twodimensional vectors. [S1] (8) 1: Identify steps within the scientific process. [MA2013] PRE (912) 33: Prove the Pythagorean identity sin^{2}(θ) + cos^{2}(θ) = 1, and use it to find sin(θ), cos(θ), or tan(θ) given sin(θ), cos(θ), or tan(θ) and the quadrant of the angle. [FTF8] (Alabama)
Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Mathematics (9  12), or Science (8  12)
Title: Attitude Determines Altitude
Description: This crosscurricular activity allows students an opportunity to practice their skills in math, science, language arts, and technology. As an extension to the ALEX lesson 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast Off, math and science teachers collaborate to allow students to apply their math skills in science class by calculating the altitude of a paper rocket. Students are given an opportunity to expand their literary knowledge by viewing an inspirational video clip by author, expert story teller, and NASA Rocket scientist Homer Hickam as he shares his adventures in rocket science growing up in the West Virginia coal mines.
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Title: Prerequsites for Calculus Quiz
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Students will take this selfassessment to make sure they are prepared to take Calculus.
Standard(s): [MA2013] PRE (912) 13: (+) Know and apply the Binomial Theorem for the expansion of (x + y)^{n} in powers of x and y for a positive integer n, where x and y are any numbers, with coefficients determined, for example, by Pascal's Triangle. (The Binomial Theorem can be proved by mathematical induction or by a combinatorial argument.) [AAPR5] [MA2013] PRE (912) 33: Prove the Pythagorean identity sin^{2}(θ) + cos^{2}(θ) = 1, and use it to find sin(θ), cos(θ), or tan(θ) given sin(θ), cos(θ), or tan(θ) and the quadrant of the angle. [FTF8] (Alabama) [MA2013] PRE (912) 3: (+) Calculate the distance between numbers in the complex plane as the modulus of the difference, and the midpoint of a segment as the average of the numbers at its endpoints. [NCN6] [MA2013] PRE (912) 14: (+) Represent a system of linear equations as a single matrix equation in a vector variable. [AREI8] [MA2013] PRE (912) 20: Determine the inverse of a function and a relation. (Alabama) [MA2013] PRE (912) 22: (+) Read values of an inverse function from a graph or a table, given that the function has an inverse. [FBF4c] [MA2013] PRE (912) 24: (+) Understand the inverse relationship between exponents and logarithms, and use this relationship to solve problems involving logarithms and exponents. [FBF5] [MA2013] PRE (912) 25: Compare effects of parameter changes on graphs of transcendental functions. (Alabama) [MA2013] PRE (912) 26: Determine the amplitude, period, phase shift, domain, and range of trigonometric functions and their inverses. (Alabama) [MA2013] PRE (912) 27: Use the sum, difference, and halfangle identities to find the exact value of a trigonometric function. (Alabama) [MA2013] PRE (912) 34: (+) Prove the addition and subtraction formulas for sine, cosine, and tangent, and use them to solve problems. [FTF9] [MA2013] PRE (912) 12: Derive the formula for the sum of a finite geometric series (when the common ratio is not 1), and use the formula to solve problems.* (Extend to infinite geometric series.) [ASSE4] (Alabama)
Prerequsites for Calculus Quiz
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Students will take this selfassessment to make sure they are prepared to take Calculus.

