Trigonometry Assessments

“Hey teacher! How will we ever use this stuff?”

Notes to the Teacher

Here is a collection of math assessments written especially for high school. They were created with Wyoming Math Standards in mind, but since they are based on the NCTM standards any teacher from any state will probably find them useful.

Each assessment is written to be a short, quick assignment that will give the teacher an easy way to see progress in different areas. Wyoming teachers can think of these as ‘mini BOE activities’. Most will take only a few minutes to complete, thus you don’t have to make big changes in your current curriculum. We also tried to base these on real-life applications so students can see the relevance in everyday life.

There are a total of 60 assessments written for Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, and Trigonometry. You can use as many or as few as you would like.

Ideas and suggestions are welcome. We would like to keep updating and improving these exercises. Send suggestions to Jim Hoffman at hoffman@bgh4.k12.wy.us

Wyoming Math Standards:
1-Number Operations and Concepts
2-Geometry
3-Measurement
4-Algebra
5-Data Analysis and Probability

Each of the assessments has a short description including math skills used and standards assessed. You can download the files in Word format (.doc) and make any changes you like. Just click the title to download.

Trigonometry

Stock Options Graph Analysis: “Stock options” are not the same as stocks Stock options are agreements to buy or sell stocks at a later date…(math skills used: analyzing graphs, piecewise functions / standards 4,5)

Fire Trucks to Fill: Captain Don is in charge of directing fire trucks for a large grass fire. He currently has eight trucks coming…(math skills used: combined rates / standards 1,4,5)

Discus Sector: Discus is one of the most exciting events in track and field due to the speed and distances involved. It also makes…(math skills used: sectors / standards 2,3,4)

Seven Game Series: In many sports the champion is decided using a 7-game series. This means the first team to win four…(math skills used: probability / standards 1,4,5)

Mixed Up Pizza Order: Savanna called to order a pizza. The clerk at the store asked which toppings Savanna would like. There are 5 toppings…(math skills used: probability, factorial notation, writing expressions / standards 1,4,5)

Construction Workers Needed: The foreman at the construction site had 15 workers for 12 days to finish the first project. He knows the second project…(math skills used: related rates / standards 4)

Drought: Megan works for the state department of agriculture. She is trying to determine potential drought area…(math skills used: analyzing data, mean, median, mode / standards 1,5)

Chain Reaction: Robin completed a chemistry experiment where a solution was placed in a test tube. Next an electric current…(math skills used: equation of a line, experimental data, best fit lines / standards 4,5)

Space Probes: Scientists are predicting a comet will collide with an asteroid in 30 days. Three different probes can be sent…(math skills used: equation of a line / standards 1,4,5)

Batter Up: Troy is a very good batter. He averages a hit every one out of three times he comes to bat. If Troy batted twice…(math skills used: probability / standards 5)

WiFi Access: The owner of a campground would like to install WiFi (wireless internet) access for his customers. He currently…(math skills used: distance formula, midpoint formula / standards 2,3)

Golden Corrals: Robert has thirty corral panels that measure 10 feet each. He originally set up the corral in a rectangular shape…(math skills used: Pythagorean thm, perimeter, area / standards 1,2,3)

Finishing the Race: Jessica, Rachel, and Heather were each running the 1500 meter race. Jessica won. At the moment when Jessica crossed…(math skills used: rates, writing equations / standards 1,3,4)

Experimental Data: The data points in the table below came from an experiment that involved hydrogen (H) and carbon (C). All measurements…(math skills used: equation of a line, experimental data, best fit lines / standards 4,5)

Spinning Wheel: Kristi and Kasey made a motorized go-cart. They put wheels with a 10 inch radius on it. The motor can turn…(math skills used: angular velocity, proportions / standards 1,2,3,4)