Drawing the Square Root:

Using the Square Root:

I learned this "trick" at an APSI several years ago. I know lots of people use the "hand trick", and I do teach that to my students, but I like this trick better because I can write it down on paper and "see" what I'm doing a little easier. I taught it in Pre-Cal and I review it in AP Calculus. I tell the students who take the AP Exam that the first thing they should do when they get their test is write this down. If you combine it with a trick for remembering what's positive in each of the four quadrants of the unit circle, they can evaluate most any trig function on the test.

Drawing the Square Root:

Drawing the Square Root:

Using the Square Root:

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This is so much easier then the hand trick. I cannot wait to use share it with my students.

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