Education Technology

Spring Training

Published on 04/17/2013

Activity Overview

Students will explore parametric equations by finding the horizontal and vertical distances traveled by a projectile.

Key Steps

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    Students are introduced to the use of parametric equations to model the motion of a baseball.

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    Students will use the graph to explore key function values that relate to maximum height reached, horizontal distance traveled, and time of travel.

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    Students will use Trace to obtain several points on the graph. They enter the points into the List Editor and perform a quadratic regression to generate a quadratic function that corresponds to the parametric equations.