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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 tower’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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