Students discover trigonometry, which allows them to synthesize knowledge of transformations and properties of other functions while offering a new perspective on functions through periodicity.
Math
Unit 6
11th Grade
High school math sequences typically include trigonometric functions as the final example of functions in the curriculum. Trigonometry offers an opportunity to synthesize knowledge of transformations and properties of other functions while offering a new perspective on functions through periodicity.
Trigonometry supports calculus, as the trigonometric functions have fascinating relationships through differentiation and integration and offer a great opportunity to practice calculus skills involving rate of change and accumulation.
While trigonometry is necessary for calculus, it also offers avenues to explore for their own sake. Students must connect geometric interpretations of sine and cosine, the unit circle, and the sine and cosine function and look at these three different mathematical structures as examples of the same underlying idea. Trigonometry also offers an opportunity to model periodic contexts in the world and to better understand phenomena around us.
Pacing: 16 instructional days (14 lessons, 1 flex day, 1 assessment day)
The following assessments accompany Unit 6.
Use the resources below to assess student understanding of the unit content and action plan for future units.
Internalization of Standards via the Unit Assessment
Internalization of Trajectory of Unit
Unit-Specific Intellectual Prep
Sine | Cosine | Tangent | Unit circle |
Midline | Amplitude | Period | Periodic function |
Degrees/Radians | Special Right Triangles | Secant | Cosecant |
Cotangent | Standard position | Initial ray | Terminal ray |
Sinusoidal curve | Odd/Even functions | Symmetrical |
Topic A: Trigonometric Ratios in Application and on the Unit Circle
Topic B: Graphing Sine, Cosine, and Target
Key
Major Cluster
Supporting Cluster
Additional Cluster
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP1 — Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP2 — Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP3 — Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP4 — Model with mathematics.
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP5 — Use appropriate tools strategically.
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP6 — Attend to precision.
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP7 — Look for and make use of structure.
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP8 — Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
Unit 5
Exponential Modeling and Logarithms
Unit 7
Trigonometric Identities and Equations
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