Applications of Parabolas

Students solve quadratic equations. In pairs, students perform experiments where an object's free-fall is measured and graphed. Students discover and write reports on the uses of parabolas in real life applications. A guest speaker, such as an engineer, may be asked to explain the use of parabolas. Students discover that trajectory, drag, wind and other real life situations affect the graph of a ball flying through the air.

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