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Ferris Wheel

# Ferris Wheel

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writing trig equation from graph
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Ferris Wheel Trigonometry
Suppose a Ferris wheel with a radius of 20 feet makes a complete revolution in 8minutes. In this activity, you will develop a mathematical model that describes therelationship between the height, h, of a rider above the bottom of a Ferris wheel (4 feetabove the ground) and time, t.First, develop a table of t- and h- values. Assuming that the rider is at the bottom of theFerris wheel when t = 0, develop values of h for t = 0 through t = 20. Values of h can bedetermined from a scale drawing of the Ferris wheel (as shown below).
Time t(sec)Heighth (ft)Heightaboveground (ft)0042468101214161820
Plot the data on graph paper.What are two different functions that represent this situation?