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HSTP Summer 2002 Working Group
Physics in the Mathematics Curriculum

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Physics in the Mathematics Curriculum

Participants selected instances in which physics can be used to illustrate and explain mathematics. They developed brief lessons for use at the high school level which use equipment common to most high school science based on these applications of physics to mathematics.
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Magnetic Field Deflection

rational functions, inverse square & inverse cubic function, data collection, modeling

Temperature Conversion

linear functions, transformations of functions, data collection, modeling

Force Vectors

addition of vectors, properties of parallelograms, triangle inequality, proportional reasoning, trigonometry, application of vectors, data collection

Blowgun

linear functions, power functions, data collection, modeling

Area of Irregular Shapes

concept of area, measurement, percentage error

Singing Tubes

step functions, sine functions, data collection, modeling

Bouncing Ball

quadratic functions, linear functions, composition of functions, data collection, modeling

Beans in the Classroom

measurement, volume, approximation, trigonometry

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