In this exercise students are provided with local temperature data of Wellington, New Zealand and they model fluctuations in temperature dats using sine and cosine functions. This activity can be replicated for any location where local temperature data is available.

About the Tool

Tool Name Using trigonometric functions to model climate
Discipline Mathematics and Earth Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Trigonometric Functions; Sine Functions; Cosine Functions
Climate Topic Climate Variability Record
Type of Tool Laboratory Activity
Grade Level High School
Location  Oceania
New Zealand
Language English
Developed by Lesley Mackintosh
Hosted at National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand
Access Online/Offline
Computer Skills Basic