Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus
COMMUNICATIONS AND THE LUNAR OUTPOST
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 tower’s communications range.
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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- 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.