Students learn math concepts best when discovering mathematical patterns on their own rather than being told by the teacher. This activity is designed to have the students discover the shape of sinusoidal functions with the aid of a Ferris Wheel
Students will collaborate with each other as they discuss the various patterns involved with the path of a seat on a moving Ferris Wheel
1. Students have learned the basics of functions
2. Students are familiar with domain and range
3. Students know how to graph a function
Students will collaborate as they discuss the various patterns of the path of a seat on a moving Ferris Wheel. They will be asked various follow-up questions such as the domain and range of the graph. Students will be asked to look up on the internet the graphs of sinusoidal functions. Finally, students will be asked to find 5 real world examples of sinusoidal functions.