Saving the US from a Missile Crisis

This Saving the US from a Missile Crisis performance task also includes:

Mathematically shoot down an incoming missile. Given information about the Cuban Missile Crises, learners calculate the equation of the trajectory of an imaginary missile launched from Cuba toward Washington, D.C. Scholars determine the equation of a missile that would intercept the incoming missile at a safe altitude. Pupils graph both parabolas and show the point of intersection before comparing their systems with others.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Research the type of missiles in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires the class to know how to find the equation of a parabola given three points
  • Assumes individuals understand that projectile motion is in the form of a parabola
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  • Includes a warm-up activity related to the skills needed in the task
  • Provides a sample benchmark solution

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