Reflection: Complex Tasks Airplane! - An Introduction to Vectors - Section 2: Explore


A difficult part about this task is that it is more than just a triangle. The airplane's path is given by an angle outside of the triangle and there are parallel and perpendicular lines to complicate the diagram. Some students may not realize that is important and what is not important in finding the speed and direction of the airplane.

This student made a right triangle with the airplane vector and the northward pointing axis. Although his work was correct, he found a lot of measurements that were not needed. It might help students to highlight in another color the segment and angle that we need to find the measurements for.

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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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