COMMUNICATIONS AND THE LUNAR OUTPOST
Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus
Key Topic: Pythagorean Theorem, arc length, inverse tangent
Students will apply mathematics formulas to calculate various geometric measures in the relationships between the height of a lunar communication tower and the towerâ€™s communications range.
Students will
- use algebraic properties to solve equations for a given variable;
- apply formulas to calculate various geometric measures; and
- analyze data to determine a solution to a real life problem.
Prerequisites: Prior to this activity, students should have had experiences applying formulas. Students should be familiar with using calculators in evaluating formulas and have a basic knowledge of circles, trigonometric functions, and point of tangency.
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