Graphs of Sine and Cosine Curve: This lab has students explore the graph of the sine and cosine function and various transformations of the graph. This lab is a modified version of the Graphing Trig Functions that can be found on www.mastermathmentor.com.
Graph Transformations Lab: This lab presents the sine wave graph transformations and asks students to apply this information to several problems of both graphing a given function and writing a function for a given graph. The students are assumed to understand general function transformations from MAT 171. This is a moderately challenging lab which should be an in-class group activity that may need to continue outside of class. (Prepared by Dale Gaddis, Isothermal Community College)
Proof Lab: This lab asks students to prove trigonometric identities involving, basic, pythagorean, double and sum/difference identities.
Rocket Parametric Lab: This lab asks students to collect data from launching an air-powered “rocket” and use parametric equations to model and analyze the motion. The students are assumed to have had a brief introductory exposure to parametric equations. This is a fun lab that requires working outdoors for data gathering and should involve both in-class group activity work plus outside of class time to complete the work. Note: special equipment needed: http://www.arborsci.com/air-powered-projectile-887 (Prepared by Dale Gaddis, Isothermal Community College)
Vector Addition Lab: This lab presents the polar form of vectors and asks students to develop a method to add polar form vectors which informally introduces the physics applications and associated free-body diagrams. The students are assumed to know basic rectangular form vector operations. This is a moderately easy lab which should be an in-class group activity. (Prepared by Dale Gaddis, Isothermal Community College)
Winder Throughput Lab: This lab asks students to solve a real-world problem in order to help develop a deeper understanding of linear versus angular speed. The students are assumed to understand the basic concepts of arc length, angular speed, and linear speed. This is an in-depth multi-day project. (Prepared by Dale Gaddis, Isothermal Community College)
Link to You Tube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4C3X26dxbM (Supplied by Grzegorz Koscik, College of The Albemarle)