Explore the Properties of a Parabola and Practice Writing Its Equation

See how writing equations for parabolas is all about distances. Young mathematicians measure distances of line segments drawn on the graph of a parabola. Using the relationships they find in the segments, they write equations for parabolas given the focus and directrix.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners use geometry software to verify relationships
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils need rulers and a graphing calculator
  • Resource only covers equations of the form x^2 = 4Py.

  • Includes a PowerPoint presentation for the lesson
  • Provides worksheets for each portion of the activity

  • None
Common Core