Education Technology

Find That Sine

Published on 08/08/2010

Activity Overview

Sinusoidal regression is used to determine equations to model various data sets and the equations are used to make inferences.

Key Steps

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    Students explore sinusoidal regression by determining and graphing the sine regression equation.

    Students will use the program KANSTEMP which will load six lists with data for all three problems.

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    They use data for the average monthly temperature for Kansas City to determine the sine equation that models the data.

    Students produce a scatter plot with the data given to them in their spreadsheet and find the sine equation that models the data.

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    In Problem 2, students will then find the minimum and maximum points on the curve for four dates. These points will represent the summer and winter solstices.