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3.2

# Precalculus: Parametric Ball Toss

by Texas Instruments

#### Objectives

• Students will be able to use parametric equations to represent the height of a ball as a function of time as well as the path of a ball that has been thrown straight up.
• Students will be able to analyze parametric equations and use them to find information about the height of the ball and the time the ball is in the air.

#### Vocabulary

• parabola
• parametric equations
• quadratic equations

#### About the Lesson

This lesson involves determining the height of a ball at a given time and determining the time at which the ball is at a certain height.
As a result, students will:

• Discover the similarities and differences between the height versus time graph and the graph of the path of the ball.
• Understand that, while the height versus time graph is parabolic, the ball actually goes straight up and down.
• Analyze how the solutions to an equation relate to the real-world situation modeled by the equation.