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SPACE SHUTTLE AUXILIARY POWER UNITS
 
Calculus

Key Topics: Application of Differentiation - Related Rates

This problem focuses on the MMACS flight controller. Students learn about one of his/her duties in monitoring the Auxiliary Power Units of the space shuttle. Students will apply various calculus concepts including an application of related rates. The focus is on interpretation of the derivative as a rate of change.

Students will
  • analyze graphs to determine the rate of change at specific points; and
  • use the chain rule to determine the rate of change of two or more variables that are changing with respect to time.


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> Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units Educator Edition (PDF 934 KB)
> Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units Student Edition (PDF 460 KB)

Related Resources
> VIDEO: Interview of MMACS Flight Controller