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Parabola Construction

Activity Overview

Students will construct a parabola using the focus and directrix definition. An extension problem has students explore how the location of the focus with respect to the directrix affects the shape of the parabola.

Key Steps

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    Students will follow the directions given on the worksheet to construct the parabola from the focus and directrix definition.

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    Students will use a pre-constructed page to explore what happens to the shape of the parabola when the focus is moved vertically and horizontally.