In this activity, students will explore the focus/directrix and reflection properties of parabolas. They are led to conjecture each property and then prove them analytically.
Before the Activity
Download the attached PDF and look over the information on the first two pages. Download and distribute the attached .tns file and Student Worksheet for use during the activity.
During the Activity
Discuss the material from the activity pages and worksheet with students as needed.
After the Activity
Encourage students to summarize what they have learned from completing the activity.