SPACE SHUTTLE AUXILIARY POWER UNITS
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.
> Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units Educator Edition (PDF 934 KB)
> Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units Student Edition (PDF 460 KB)
> VIDEO: Interview of MMACS Flight Controller
- 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.