I'm pooped. Is it June 3 yet?
We had a fun day in Precalc today (ignoring some minor technical difficulties). I used the Mathbits worksheet for the Law of Sines and Cosines that has the students find sides and angles from the podracing scene in Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace. We watched the scene from the movie - unfortunately, the boy who brought the DVD in for me was out taking an AP Test. The kids were happy to have a little break from the norm and I let one of the classes watch one of the battle scenes at the end. Made for a fun day! The funniest thing was that one of the girls told me that it was Star Wars Day. She said, "May the 4th be with you." Get it? :)
The plan for the next few days is to do a few different things with the LoS and LoC - tomorrow I have a worksheet (a "plain-Janer", as Ann Gregson would call it!) and then we'll spend a couple of days on some of my favorite problems in which they actually have to apply the formulas to some triangles in a real-life type situation.
After we finish up with those, I'm kind of at a loss at what I'm going to do with them for the rest of the year. There are a few possibilities...
1. Proof by Induction
2. Row-Echelon Form of a system/matrix
3. Sequences and Series
I'm not sure what I'm going to do. . . any opinions? Advice?
Also, I was thinking that I might have the kids do some measuring of the triangles in the courtyard of our school one day to find their areas, but I don't have a real purpose or question about it.