Education Technology

Greatest Area Activity

Published on 06/06/2005

Activity Overview

A classic problem looking at maximizing the area of rectangles given fixed perimeters. Uses graphing calculators to analyze data collected and to model a parabolic equation. Compiling class data provides a preliminary glance at families of quadratics.

Before the Activity

If you are using the TI-Navigator System with the TI-73 you will need the attached .pdf file.
See the attached PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity. Print student worksheet.

During the Activity

See PDF file above for detailed teacher/student notes. If TI Navigator system is available, student presentations can be made in activity center instead of students using overhead transparencies.

After the Activity

A Learning Check document can be sent to students via TI Navigator as a post assessment.