Day 82: Solve-Crumple-Toss with Trig Equations
I wanted to do something that was engaging for a drill and kill kind of thing. I wanted my precalculus kiddos to practice solving trigonometric equations in a formal way, showing all of their work in the proper way and determining the type of answer needed: general solutions or particular solutions based on a condition for the solutions (interval, first 3 after zero, etc.) This can be deadly and boring practice, but a necessary skill to develop. What better way to liven it up than to use the Solve-Crumple-Toss game shared by Kate Nowak on her blog, f(t)?!
In theory it seemed like a great idea, but the equations were more complex than the algebra 1 or algebra 2 equations originally referenced, so we got bogged down in the minutia. In addition, hardly any of the kids made the basket (even my basketball boys!) so overall it was a bust for this situation…darn! I am really excited to use it again but for a quicker and less involved skill. What have you tried with your class that didn’t work out but you see potential in a different setting?