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Introduction

Trigonometry is an unit included in the Geometry Pre-AP class curriculum at Clear Creek ISD. While some students are exposed to the very basic 3 terms, sine, cosine, and tangent prior to the class, most find the subject quite foreign. The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students to trogonomety by doing a web-search on the discipline at the beginning of the unit.

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Learners

Students who are taking geometry class, typically 9th or 10th graders. A few students with strong mathematical aptitudes may take as 8th graders.

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Process

    Students are to write a 2 PAGE PAPER on trig with the following contents using the web resources provided or websites they've found on their own.

    1. 1st introduction paragraph:
      i) The meaning of the word "Trigonometry" based on origin of the word.
      ii) Historically, how did trigonometry come about?

    2. 2nd paragraph:
      i) Name two persons associated with the development of modern (after year 1200) trig.
      ii) What did each contribute? Include dates of their contributions.


    3. 3rd paragraph:
      Describe how trig is used in 3 unrelated occupations.


    4. 4th paragraph:
      Compare and contrast the early history of trigonometry (information gathered for the 1st paragraph) discribed in 3 different websites. List the similarities and the differences among these websites. Do you find any one of them as a more reliable source? Explain why including URL differences.


    5. 5th paragraph:
      What do you anticipate in the trigonometry unit which we are about to begin?

    6. Reference page - Not part of the 2 page trig paper but as a separate page at the end. Yes, basically it'll be your 3rd page! This page should list resources you've used to write your paper in the proper MLA form.

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Copyright © 2006 by Yoonok Kang
Updated: Monday, July 31, 2006 2:12 PM
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