Published: December 13, 2017
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By: Danielle Jacques, University of California San Diego
Introductory video to the Unit Circle
This video is intended for middle school or high school students learning trigonometry. Many students struggle to remember the values on the unit circle, because often times it is taught as a collection of values to memorize. However, certain patterns are easy to figure out, if students have a conceptual understanding that each value is a fraction of the circumference, and that fraction steadily grows in a visual and spatial pattern.
This video attempts to make that process animated, visible, and spatial in order to help them develop an intuition of the process.