Education Technology

Average Roller Coaster

Published on 09/04/2010

Activity Overview

Students graphically discover how to find the average value of a function.

Key Steps

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    In this activity, students will graphically discover how to find the average value of a function. This exploration uses animation and graphical observations to develop understanding.

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    Next, students will make connections between velocity and displacement using a model of a roller coaster.

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    Finally, students will solve several exam-like questions. The final question has students use the data on a spreadsheet to find the average value with the Trapezoid Rule.