Science - 2019-20

PH.2 a, e - Mathematical Analysis

The student will investigate and understand how to analyze and interpret data. Key concepts include

a)  a description of a physical problem is translated into a mathematical statement in order to find a solution; and

e)  analysis of systems employs vector quantities utilizing trigonometric and graphical methods.

Bloom's Levels:  Analyze; Understand

Adopted: 2010


  • I can determine how steep a roof must be so that snow is able to slide off.
  • I can determine the shortest path to walk home and the amount of energy needed to do so.


The concepts developed in this standard include the following:

  • Mathematics is a tool used to model and describe phenomena.
  • Not all quantities add arithmetically. Some must be combined using trigonometry. These quantities are known as vectors.
  • Physical phenomena or events can often be described in mathematical terms (as an equation or inequality).


In order to meet this standard, it is expected that students will

a-b) recognize linear and nonlinear relationships from graphed data.

     where appropriate, draw a straight line through a set of experimental data points and determine the slope and/or area under the curve.

d-e) combine vectors into resultants utilizing trigonometric or graphical methods.

      resolve vectors into components utilizing trigonometric or graphical methods.


Updated: Dec 01, 2017