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Exploring Parabolas

Activity Overview

Students will explore the parabola by investigating links between its standard equation form and its graph. Students will also discover the axis of symmetry and the vertex of a parabola.

Key Steps

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    Students investigate what happens to the values of a, h, and k in the transformational form of a parabola as the parabola is either dragged and/or its branches are resized.

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    Students will explore the definition of the vertex of a parabola by dragging a random point so that it aligns correctly with the location of a randomly graphed parabola.

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    Students investigate the four steps needed to graph a parabola using a set of points that rely on the location of the axis of symmetry.