Trigonometry Project Due 11/28
This project is designed to help you fully grasp the concept of using trigonometry to solve problems. This includes, but is not limited to, finding the length of a missing side or a missing angle of a triangle, identifying these problems in everyday life, drawing them, calculating their values, and weaving it all into an interesting, amusing or creative story!
Your task is to develop a story involving the missing angle or missing side of a right triangle. To support your story, you will need to carefully draw, use a photograph, a picture clipped from a magazine or downloaded from the Internet, illustrating the problem in your story. You will need to include all formulas and all of the steps required to come up with your answer for your story.
Requirements
Final Draft must include: (See scoring sheet for specific details)
a) A Creative, Unique, and Imaginative Story
i) Imaginative
ii) Appropriate subject (You can include Mr. Minsky or other people from school, but anything sexually explicit, demeaning, meanspirited, or socially unacceptable will not be tolerated – i.e. resulting grade will be an “F”)
iii) Must be a trigonometry problem (finding a missing side or angle)
iv) The story MUST be more than a few sentences. It must be a STORY. Somewhere at or above 2 paragraphs should do it.
v) It must be creative!
b) A Drawing, an actual picture or a magazine clipping to illustrate your story
i) From the Internet, magazine, newspaper, photograph
ii) The drawing or picture must be visible and clearly definable
iii) The picture must be appropriate to the story and to class rules and expectations J
c) A diagram of the right triangle to solve the problem
i) Provides a clear representation of the problem
ii) Include realistic measurements
iii) Include units
iv) Neat (MUST use straight edge, or computer representation)
v) It can be incorporated into the drawing or picture (above) but it must be clearly legible and visible
vi) It must be a right triangle, and labeled with a right angle mark
d) Calculations
i) Show formulas you used
ii) Show all steps
iii) Include units in your answer
e) An appealing presentation
i) Professional look
ii) Story should be typed or neatly printed
iii) Colorful
iv) Appropriate subject
v) Title
vi) Size limit: 8½ x 11 inches
Trig scoring rubric

Score

Requirement

0

1

2

3

4

Story

No Story or logical sequence of thoughts. Just a few sentences.

No real story. Lacks imagination and thought. No real application of a trigonometry problem. Spelling and grammar mistakes.

Story lacks one of the following: imagination, complete sentences, complete thought, but still involves a trigonometry problem. Some grammar and spelling mistakes.

Imaginative story comprised of mostly complete sentences that involves a trigonometry problem. Some grammar mistakes or a few misspellings.

Imaginative story comprised of complete sentences that involves a trigonometry problem. No grammar mistakes or misspellings.

Picture or drawing

Nothing clearly definable, or understandable

Picture lacks at least two of the following: illustrates the story, clarity, appropriate size, color, appropriate subject matter. The picture is not very visually appealing.

Picture lacks at least one of the following: illustrates the story, clarity, appropriate size, and appropriate subject matter. The picture is still visually appealing and has color.

Creative picture or drawing that somewhat illustrates the story and the trigonometry problem. Mainly clear, colorful and visually appealing. Appropriate size and topic.

Creative picture or drawing that clearly illustrates the story and the trigonometry problem. Clear, colorful and visually appealing. Appropriate size and topic.

Diagram of triangle

No serious attempt to make diagram. Lacks labels, units and accuracy to story.

Not drawn with a straight edge or computer, and missing ONE of the following: units, labels. Correctly drawn to match story, picture and solution.

Clearly drawn using a straightedge or computer. Missing TWO of the following: units, labels. Correctly drawn to match story, picture and solution.

Clearly drawn using a straightedge or computer. Missing ONE of the following: units, labels. Correctly drawn to match story, picture and solution.

Clearly drawn using a straightedge or computer. Units included, labeled with right angle. Correctly drawn to match story, picture and solution.

Calculations

Not neatly typed or written and missing TWO of the following: units, formulas, each step of the problem, correct answer.

Not neatly typed or written and missing ONE of the following: units, formulas, each step of the problem, correct answer.

Neatly typed or written. Missing TWO of the following: units, formulas, each step of the problem, correct answer.

Neatly typed or written. Missing One of the following: units, formulas, each step of the problem, correct answer

Neatly typed or written. Formulas listed. Each step clearly outlined and included. Units included in answer. Correct answer to problem

Presentation

Put together on lined paper or notebook paper.

Rushed, incomplete, not professional.

Not quite professional. Looks rushed or quickly put together. Lacks colors, title or does not fit standard size requirements

Neat and Professional but has ONE of the following: Does not use 3 colors, title not included, not a standard size.

Professional look (no tape showing, neatly constructed or drawn)
Story should be typed or neatly printed
At least 3 Colors
Title should be obvious and neat
Size limit: 8½ x 11 inches or a standard sheet of construction paper.

