Using elementary calculus techniques, this unit explores the concept of viewing angle as a criterion for determing the best seat in a movie theatre. This unit also includes a detailed outline for a students data collection and analysis project. The unit also addresses the question of the best seat in the theater converting the layout of the theater from a three-dimensional problem to a two-dimensional one. With completion of this module students will: 1) have an appreciation of the applicability of differential calculus; 2) have refined data collection and analysis skills; and 3) be able to write in the style of scientific journal.
Table of Contents:
TAKING MEASURE OF THE SITUATION
THE TANGENT OF THE VIEWING ANGLE
MAXIMIZING THE VIEWING ANGLE
A MOVIE PALACE AND A DRIVE-IN
SOLUTIONS TO SELECTED EXERCISES
APPENDIX: SUGGESTIONS FOR INSTRUCTORS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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