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Trigonometric Ratios

Updated on 02/16/2015

Activity Overview

Students discover the trigonometric ratios through measuring the side lengths of similar triangles and calculating their ratios. The formal definitions of the sine, cosine, and tangent or an angle are presented and applied to find the missing side lengths.

Key Steps

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    Students will measure the angle of a triangle.

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    Students will compare triangles to see if they are similar.

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    Students will apply the sine, cosine, and tangent of angles to find missing side lengths.