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This is a high school instructional unit that features nine lessons relating to vectors. Students build understanding of vector properties as they learn airplane navigation. Problem-based learning activities include reading real-time weather maps, tracking airplanes flying in U.S. skies, calculating vector components, analyzing effects of wind velocity, and completing training similar to a private pilot certification program. The unit culminates with a pilot flight test. Participants also have access to help from experts at the Polaris Career Center. Comprehensive teacher guides, student guides , reference materials, and assessments are included.
This resource was developed by the Center for Innovation in Science and Engineering Education (CIESE). Participation is cost-free; additional options are available for registered users. Editor's Note: This engaging project will help students bridge the gap between vectors as a concept and the use of vector calculation by real people in real situations. It incorporates both scientific and engineering practices, a key component of the new NextGen Science Framework. It is intended as a multi-week unit for high school physics, but may be easily parsed into segments. Sections 1, 2, and 3 are adaptable for grades 8 and 9.
AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)2. The Nature of Mathematics
2B. Mathematics, Science, and Technology
2C. Mathematical Inquiry
4. The Physical Setting
4F. Motion
9. The Mathematical World
9B. Symbolic Relationships
12. Habits of Mind
12B. Computation and Estimation
12C. Manipulation and Observation
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics AlignmentsStandards for Mathematical Practice (K-12)
MP.1 Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
MP.6 Attend to precision.
Expressions and Equations (6-8)
Represent and analyze quantitative relationships between
dependent and independent variables. (6)
Solve real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and
algebraic expressions and equations. (7)
High School — Number and Quantity (9-12)
Vector and Matrix Quantities (9-12)
High School — Functions (9-12)
Interpreting Functions (9-12)
High School — Geometry (9-12)
Similarity, Right Triangles, and Trigonometry (9-12)
Common Core State Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects 6—12
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity (6-12)
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Kinematics: The Physics of Motion
Unit Title: Vectors A unique and highly engaging two-week unit on vectors. Beginning physics students build understanding of vector properties by doing real pilot navigation training. This problem-based learning module comes with complete guides for teacher and learner. The final assessment is a virtual pilot test flight. Cost-free with teacher registration Link to Unit:
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<a href="http://www.thephysicsfront.org/items/detail.cfm?ID=8382">Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education. Navigational Vectors. Hoboken: Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education, January 31, 2008.</a>
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Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education. Navigational Vectors. Hoboken: Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education, January 31, 2008. http://ciese.org/curriculum/vectorproj/ (accessed 20 July 2017).
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Title = {Navigational Vectors},
Publisher = {Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education},
Volume = {2017},
Number = {20 July 2017},
Month = {January 31, 2008},
Year = {2005}
}
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