Students will approximate the area under a polynomial curve using rectangles. Each of the polynomials in this activity represents a real-world situation to enable students to see the importance of finding the area under a curve.
Before the Activity
Download the attached PDF and look over the information on the first page. Download and distribute the attached student TI-Nspire document (.tns file) and student worksheet for use during the activity.
During the Activity
Discuss the material from the activity pages and worksheet with students as needed.
After the Activity
Encourage students to summarize what they have learned from completing the activity.