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Applying trigonometry: leaning tower

The Leaning Tower of Gingin is the centrepiece of the Gravity Discovery Centre. The Catalyst team of Derek, Simon and Anja drop watermelons from the tower, to examine the rate at which they fall. They are testing Galileo's theory about falling objects. The dimensions of the tower provide an opportunity to apply some basic ...

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Secondary mathematics: using real data

These seven learning activities, which focus on the use of 'real data' using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers use the three content strands ...

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EagleCat: trig-G

Explore the graphs of trigonometric equations in the form: (a) y = a sin[n(x - h)] + k, (b) y = a cos[n(x - h)] + k and (c) y = a tan[n(x - h)] + k. Use sliders or enter values to dilate, reflect and translate the basic trigonometric equations y = sin(x), y = cos(x) and y = tan(x), and observe the changes in the amplitude, ...

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Trigonometric functions and circular measure

This is a teacher resource for trigonometric functions and circular measure consisting of a website, a PDF with identical content and a number of screencasts discussing the solutions of exercises. It contains an introduction to the trigonometric functions and their uses. The functions are introduced and their properties ...

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The calculus of trigonometric functions

This is a teacher resource for the differentiation and integration of trigonometric functions consisting of a website and a PDF with identical content. It contains explanations and examples of applications such as the solution of maximisation problems and simple harmonic motion.

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reSolve: Trigonometry: Rule of Twelfths

This sequence of three lessons gives students the opportunity to explore how tidal variations can be modelled and predicted using trigonometric functions and approximated with useful 'rules of thumb'. Students use real tidal data to explore how sailors make predictions at sea, draw their own graphs using a range of approximation ...