Teaching harmonic motion in trigonometry: Inductive inquiry supported by physics simulations

Sokolowski, Andrzej; Rackley, Robin
June 2011
Australian Senior Mathematics Journal;2011, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p45
Academic Journal
The article describes an activity on the use scientific environment to teach trigonometry in the process of mathematical modelling. It argues that using trigonometric functions to model harmonic motion can give a rich scientific context to exercise mathematical modelling through inductive inquiry in trigonometry. A need for a more systematic study of the influence of the simulations on mathematical knowledge acquisition by students is cited.


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