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Hands-On Applications of Modeling Geometry

Dr. Brian Swanagan
Floyd County College and Career Acedemy
Floyd County Schools

Grade Level and Content Area

9th to 12th Grades
Mathematics

Overview

This unit goes along with Unit 6, Modeling Geometry, of the Analytic Geometry Course. Throughout the unit, students will compare and contrast linear and quadratic equations, solve systems involving both equations by hand, make connections between right triangles and circles, and participate in hands on activities – such as heating up a broom with a giant paraboloid – that make mathematical concepts come to life. At the end of the unit, students will apply what they have
learned to construct their own hot dog cookers and celebrate their new knowledge by cooking hot dogs.

Standards Addressed

Mathematics
M.9-12.A.REI.7; M.9-12.G.GPE.1; M.9-12.G.GPE.2; M.9-12.G.GPE.4

Available Materials

Unit Introduction
Daily Lesson Plans
Supplementary Materials

Video of Unit

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About the Teacher

Dr. Brian Swanagan is currently a 9th-12th grade Mathematics teacher at the Floyd County College and Career Academy in Rome, GA. He holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also has a Masters, an Education Specialist degree, and a Ph. D. in Mathematics Education, all from the University of Georgia.

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Disclaimer: The unit plans and materials on the Innovation in Teaching Competition website are aligned with Georgia’s standards through December 2014. English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics standards have been revised. The revised standards were approved by the State Board of Education on January 15, 2015. The revised ELA and Mathematics standards were renamed from the CCGPS to the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE).

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