A third degree polynomial function is used to model the depth of water in a lake over time. In this application scenario students will determine the maximum depth of the water, the year in which the lake will dry up, the average change in depth of the lake over a specified time interval, and more.
It is assumed that students will have access to graphing technology while completing this work.
There is both worksheet and a task card version of this activity. The questions in the two are exactly the same. The only difference is the method of presentation.
Included in this zip file:
-Worksheet version of application scenario
-Task card version of application scenario
-Answer key (worksheet version)