Reflection: Modeling Ferris Wheel Speeds - Section 3: Describe Speed Relationships


When it comes to describing relationships, an important learning goal for my students is to learn to use multiple representations effectively. Some students will describe relationships verbally. Others more concretely, perhaps with data tables or some explanation of the behavior of the data table. Other students will try to figure out what kind of functions fit these relationships. The most abstract understanding possible is for students to actually write function rules to describe these relationships. 

  Multiple Representation and Abstraction
  Modeling: Multiple Representation and Abstraction
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Ferris Wheel Speeds

Unit 9: Ferris Wheels
Lesson 5 of 11

Objective: SWBAT determine the actual speed of a rider on a Ferris wheel given the angular speed of the wheel and vice versa.

Big Idea: How fast is the rider actually moving as the wheel turns? How do changing the angular speed and the radius of the wheel affect the speed of the rider? Students make a generalization about how these changes affect the rider's speed.

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