Quadratic Functions and Their Graphs: Soccer Ball Trajectory

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Determine critical points in the flight of a soccer ball. Pupils use an interactive resource to find the vertex and x-intercepts of the graph of the trajectory of a soccer ball after being kicked. Scholars investigate the trajectory based on a light and a hard kick.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Lead a discussion on the important point to find while graphing a quadratic function
  • Take a video of a trajectory using an actual soccer ball and model the flight with a quadratic equation
Classroom Considerations

  • Class members should know the terms axis of symmetry and vertex
  • Must set up a free account to access CK-12 interactives
Pros

  • Shows the correct answer if students select the wrong one
  • Includes an open discussion question that is more conceptual
Cons

  • None
Common Core