Education Technology

Planting and Harvesting - An Application of the Definite Integral

Published on 04/20/2005

Activity Overview

In this activity, you will use Derive computer software to help a farmer plan for planting of hay for three harvests with the last happening near September 15.

Before the Activity

Review the activity PDF file.
Make copies of the activity PDF file for your class.
Download the Derive software file.

During the Activity

Students will:

  • Use derivatives and integrals to determine best time to plant hay to yield best results
  • After the Activity

    As a class, review student progress, discussing questions that appeared to be more challenging, and re-teaching as needed.