Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Airplane! - An Introduction to Vectors - Section 4: Summarize and Extend


I really love this task because it gives us a basis to always return to when we get stuck with vector problems. From now on, whenever we have confusion about vectors they will always just be airplanes!

For example, if a student is confused about what a unit vector is, we can just think of it as a very slow airplane that is going 1 mile per hour. If a students doesn't understand resultant vectors, we can always refer back to it being the true course of an airplane with a wind acting on it.

I try to front load real-world contexts as much as I can because it always gives us something to refer back to when we reach a conceptual hurdle.

  Vectors will Always be Airplanes
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Vectors will Always be Airplanes
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Airplane! - An Introduction to Vectors

Unit 6: Additional Trigonometry Topics
Lesson 4 of 12

Objective: SWBAT find the resultant vector as the sum of two vectors.

Big Idea: Finding the magnitude and direction of an airplane's path will help launch the concept of vectors.

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