Lesson 14E Plane Geometry Practice Understanding
Model real-world scenarios with vectors, matrices and trigonometry.
What kinds of real-world situations can be modeled with vectors and matrices?
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Jon’s father is a pilot, and he is using vector diagrams to explain some principles of flight to Jon. His father has drawn the following diagram to represent a plane that is being blown off course by a strong wind. The plane is heading northeast as represented by
Based on the diagram, what is the plane’s speed and what is the wind’s speed? (The vector diagram represents the speed of the plane in still air.) Note: Each unit on the grid is
Use the diagram to find the ground speed of the plane, which will result from a combination of the plane’s speed and the wind’s speed. Also, indicate on the diagram the direction of motion of the plane relative to the ground.
How could you describe the actual direction of the plane’s motion using an angle?
While early compasses were marked to indicate the 32 wind directions named by sailors, modern compasses are marked using the
How could you describe the direction of the plane’s motion using a compass heading?
The wind changes direction during the flight so that it is blowing at the same speed as before, but at a
Write a matrix equation that will rotate the vector representing the motion of the plane that you found in problem 4
Write a matrix equation that will reflect the vector representing the wind in problem 4 over the
Find the actual ground speed and compass heading of a plane using the vector for the motion of the plane found in problem 5 and the wind vector found in problem 6.
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Describe a procedure for finding the compass heading for a vector
Up, and to the right
Up, and to the left
Down, and to the left
Down, and to the right
When working with contexts that involve vectors, I can choose and translate among different forms for representing vectors: (represent the vector in the diagram in each of these different ways)
Directed line segment on a vector diagram (given)
Horizontal and vertical components:
Magnitude and angle of rotation
Angle of rotation:
Magnitude and compass heading
In this lesson, we used vectors and matrices to represent a real-world context of a plane’s flight path being impacted by the wind. While representing this context, we had to represent vectors in a variety of ways, including directed line segments, horizontal and vertical components, single-column matrices, and magnitude and angle of direction.
Describe the correlation of the data and sketch a trend line on the graph.
Write the equation for the trend line.
Solve the system of equations by elimination.