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Activities (for students)
Activities for Students: Applying Secant Lines and Tangent Lines for the Optimal Placement of Range Lights

Michael Jones, Rabab Abi-Hanna, Kenneth Krott 

May 2008, Volume 101, Issue 9, Page 682

Abstract:

This activity, designed for students who have enough calculus to be able to find derivatives, explores an application of mathematics to channel navigation for boats and ships. Students explore secant and tangent lines of navigational channels to find the optimal placement of range lights. Edited by Ruth Dover and Dot Doyle.

 

Keywords:
Derivatives
Article
Conceptual Development
Grades 9-12
Teacher
Lesson Plans
Modeling
Problem Solving / Problem Posing
Reasoning and Proof