Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Graphing Ferris Wheel Heights - Section 3: Closing


Though it may seem inefficient to spend so much time looking at these graphs without using sinusoidal rules to describe them, the goal is for students to really want to find function rules for these graphs. The point of this whole week is that students can understand a lot about how these functions behave without even finding function rules to fit them.

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Graphing Ferris Wheel Heights

Unit 9: Ferris Wheels
Lesson 3 of 11

Objective: SWBAT sketch the graph of a function of a Ferris wheel rider's height over time and to plot key points (maxima/minima) on that function's graph.

Big Idea: As a person rides the Ferris wheel, what happens to their height over time? Students create graphs of these functions with as much detail as possible.

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