Introduction to the Ferris Wheel Problem

Unit 9: Ferris Wheels
Lesson 1 of 11

Objective: SWBAT use special right triangles to determine the heights of some riders on the Ferris wheel. SWBAT describe the relationship between the height of a rider on a Ferris wheel and the time the rider has been on the wheel.

Big Idea: You are riding a Ferris wheel near the Golden Gate Bridge. When will you be high enough to see the full view? Students attempt to answer this question using some knowledge of right triangles.

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