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 This lesson provided by: Author: Carolyn Hicks System: Huntsville City School: The Seldon Center
Lesson Plan ID: 6943
Title:

I Can Determine The Height Of A Rocket!

Overview/Annotation:

The lesson is intended to give students a fun real-world experience in applying their math skills. They will use trigonometric ratios to calculate heights of tall structures. They will also use the Internet to convert their calculations from standard to metric units and visa versa.

Content Standard(s):
 TC2(9-12) Computer Applications 11. Critique digital content for validity, accuracy, bias, currency, and relevance. MA2010(9-12) Algebra 4. Use units as a way to understand problems and to guide the solution of multistep problems; choose and interpret units consistently in formulas; choose and interpret the scale and the origin in graphs and data displays. [N-Q1] MA2010(9-12) Algebra 5. Define appropriate quantities for the purpose of descriptive modeling. [N-Q2] MA2010(9-12) Algebra 6. Choose a level of accuracy appropriate to limitations on measurement when reporting quantities. [N-Q3] MA2010(9-12) Geometry 15. Given two figures, use the definition of similarity in terms of similarity transformations to decide if they are similar; explain using similarity transformations the meaning of similarity for triangles as the equality of all corresponding pairs of angles and the proportionality of all corresponding pairs of sides. [G-SRT2] MA2010(9-12) Geometry 18. Use congruence and similarity criteria for triangles to solve problems and to prove relationships in geometric figures. [G-SRT5] MA2010(9-12) Geometry 19. Understand that by similarity, side ratios in right triangles are properties of the angles in the triangle leading to definitions of trigonometric ratios for acute angles. [G-SRT6] MA2010(9-12) Geometry 21. Use trigonometric ratios and the Pythagorean Theorem to solve right triangles in applied problems.* [G-SRT8] MA2010(9-12) Geometry 40. Use geometric shapes, their measures, and their properties to describe objects (e.g., modeling a tree trunk or a human torso as a cylinder).* [G-MG1] MA2010(9-12) Algebraic Connections 8. Determine missing information in an application-based situation using properties of right triangles, including trigonometric ratios and the Pythagorean Theorem. (Alabama) MA2010(9-12) Algebra II with Trigonometry 39. Define the six trigonometric functions using ratios of the sides of a right triangle, coordinates on the unit circle, and the reciprocal of other functions. (Alabama)
Local/National Standards:
Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will solve problems using trigonometric ratios. Students will use the Internet to convert their calculations to and from metric units.

Approximate Duration of the Lesson: Greater than 120 Minutes
Materials and Equipment:

tape measure, clinometer (angle measuring tool), scientific calculators or trigonometric tables

Technology Resources Needed:

computer with Internet access

Background/Preparation:

Students should know how to solve equations that involve fractions. Students should be familiar with using the Internet.

Procedures/Activities:
1.)Review sine, cosine, and tanget trigonometric ratio problems to determining heights of tall objects

2.)Discuss with students how to use the clinometer.

3.)Students are to make a field trip to collect the data.

4.)After the field trip, students are to use data collected to make height calculations.

5.)Students are to access http://www.onlineconversion.com to convert their height calculations to and from Metric and English units.
(.) Onlineconversion.com)
Convert just about anything to anything else.Over 5,000 units, and 30,000 conversions.

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Assessment Strategies:

A rubric for grading is attached. A standard formative and summative test is also appropriate.

Extension:

Remediation:

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
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Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior

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