This Rainbows, Bridges & Weather, Oh My! lesson plan also includes:
Explore how real-world applications can be parabolic in nature and how to find quadratic functions that best fit data. A number of different examples of modeling parabolas are explored including a student scavenger hunt, the exploration of various arches and bridges, plotting average city high temperatures, and timing the water level of a container with a small leak. Note: Certain web links noted on Richmond bridge and USA Today weather need to be updated.