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Ursinus College

Educational Methods

Pre-calculus and Trigonometry

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Jul 2019

#### Completing The Square: From The Beginnings Of Algebra, Danny Otero

##### Pre-calculus and Trigonometry

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How To Calculate Pi: Buffon's Needle (Non-Calculus Version), Dominic Klyve Apr 2019

#### How To Calculate Pi: Buffon's Needle (Non-Calculus Version), Dominic Klyve

##### Pre-calculus and Trigonometry

No abstract provided.

Mar 2017

#### A Genetic Context For Understanding The Trigonometric Functions, Danny Otero

##### Pre-calculus and Trigonometry

In this project, we explore the genesis of the trigonometric functions: sine, cosine, tangent, cotangent, secant, and cosecant. The goal is to provide the typical student in a pre-calculus course some context for understanding these concepts that is generally missing from standard textbook developments. Trigonometry emerged in the ancient Greek world (and, it is suspected, independently in China and India as well) from the geometrical analyses needed to solve basic astronomical problems regarding the relative positions and motions of celestial objects. While the Greeks (Hipparchus, Ptolemy) recognized the usefulness of tabulating chords of central angles in a circle as aids ...