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An Application of Parabolas

Activity Overview

Students discover how the parameters of an equation of a parabola affect its graph and affect a real-world problem.

Key Steps

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    Students will begin by changing the sliders for the parameters of equation of a parabola in vertex form on an interactive Graphs page and observing the effects each has on the graph of the parabola. They will determine how the changes affect a real-world problem.

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    Then students will apply what they have learned to find an equation of a parabola with given characteristics.