students will discover the different effects of the coefficients used in the vertex form of a parabola by trying to match an equation with a picture.
Before the Activity
If you are using the TI-Navigator System with the TI-73 you will need the attached .pdf file.
Read teacher instructions on Roller Coaster Parabola Activity.doc
During the Activity
Have students in activity center using the TI-Navigator ™ and open roller coaster parabola.act.
After the Activity
Review student results:
As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
Re-teach concepts as necessary