# Forces of Nature: Using Earth and Planetary Science for Teaching Physical Science

## Seeing Mathematics in the Forces of Nature

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## Introduction

### The Rationale of the unit

The unit is written with the intent of integrating the concepts of waves and its physical interpretation and the mathematics which is used to explain the phenomenon. The concept of waves will be explained from the physical perspective, and the unit will attempt to use simple experiments to demonstrate to students how waves are propagated.

The unit will be written in three sections Section I will discuss the characteristics of waves, and the mathematics involved. Section II will explain sound waves and section III will consist of lesson plans and simple experiments that are designed to accompany the concepts developed in the lesson plans.

### The objectives of the unit

- 1. The unit is designed to provide a series of lessons that can be used to enhance mathematics application in the area of the physical sciences.
- 2. The unit will aim to provide applications of mathematics for students after completing their AP calculus examination. Students will be expected to do a research on any of the concepts discussed in the unit.
- 3. The unit is written to provide background knowledge for students in a trigonometry class when working on a unit the application of sine curve.
- 4. The unit will also satisfy both the State and school district’s comprehensive school goals of providing connections between subject areas. This unit will embed mathematics in the physical sciences and provide real world applications.
- 5. The unit seeks to satisfy the reading for information objectives, which states that students will read for information to complete a task.