Earthquake Problem

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Shake up things in the classroom. The unit uses earthquakes to bring a real-life connection to finding arc lengths, logarithms, and equations of circles. Small groups determine whether particular towns would have felt an earthquake after calculating the distance from the epicenter. Then, pupils analyze the Richter scale by computing logarithms and regression lines.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Investigate the derivation of Haversine formula
  • Create worksheets to help struggling learners with the steps of investigation
Classroom Considerations
  • The class should have some general knowledge of earthquakes
  • Includes suggestions for assessments
  • Contains a list of strategies for differentiation
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