This WebQuest integrates Trigonometry, History, Literacy and Multimedia


  • Mathematics > General
  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


Trigonometry History Geogebra Ptolemy Timeline



Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial


Update Standards?

MA.9-12.1.D.15: Mathematics

Defines the six trigonometric functions as both circular functions and as ratios of sides of right triangles, and shows relationships between these functions.

MA.9-12.1.D.17: Mathematics

Simplifies trigonometric expressions and solve trigonometric equations using trigonometric identities.

TEC.9-12.7: Technology

Creates documents using most word processing functions.

TEC.9-12.13: Technology

Creates and shares multimedia presentations.

TEC.9-12.16: Technology

Uses technology tools to convey information and ideas, communicate, and collaborate at all levels from interpersonal to global.

TEC.9-12.19: Technology

Uses technology and telecommunications tools to locate, analyze, synthesize, evaluate, apply, and communicate information.
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2013-10-29.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 0

Reviewer Comments:

This WebQuest explores the historical development of trigonometry as students do a mathematical investigation of trigonometric concepts using online mathematical and multimedia tools. The website is engaging and well organized. Teachers will need to register to gain access to problem sets. The WebQuest provides a place to ask questions, provide feedback and participate in a forum. This activity is time consuming and would seem best fit as an extension or extra credit activity.
Geoff Carter
April 11, 2014

The recommended video on Pyramid Mathematics appears to have an error in its discussion of a measure of gradient called the SEKED (which is basically run/rise). This should be a dimensionless quantity (length /length), however the video indicates that the SEKED has a dimension of length, specifically in palms or cubits. This could lead students to a significant misconception regarding the important quantity of gradient (rise/run) which is closely related to the SEKED.

Geoff Carter
Victoria, Australia

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