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Jet Plane

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

This activity is an application of differentiation involving related rates. Students set up equations relating the variables and then differentiate them with respect to time to find the rate a distance is changing and an angle is changing.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file(s) for detailed instructions for this activity.

During the Activity

Follow the procedures outlined in the activity.
Students will:

  • Be able to set up equations relating the variables and then differentiate them with respect to time to find the rate a distance is changing and an angle is changing in the context of the problem.
  • Be able to use the symbolic capacity of their calculator and derivatives to better understand the situation.
  • After the Activity

  • Review student results:
  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary