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Quadratic Equations in Action


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Keywords: Algebra 2, Math, Quadratic Equations
Subject(s): Algebra, Math
Grades 9 through 12
School: Vandebilt Catholic High School, Houma, LA
Planned By: Chrystal Portier
Original Author: Chrystal Portier, Houma
LA Mathematics GLEs: Grade 9 #4-6, 14, 15, 29, 36. Grade 10 #1, 2, 5, 20, 27 Grade 11/12 #1-10, 16, 19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27-29

LA algebra 2 Comprehensive Curriculum unit 5

Objectives:
1. Use quadratic equations to model real-life situations
2. Capture and upload video
3. Analyze video useing Logger Pro3 computer software
4. Prepare power point presentation

Procedure:
1. Discuss real-life situations (on campus) that produce a parabola-shaped curve.
Examples: kicking a soccer ball, shooting a free-throw (basketball), bouncing a ball to another person, pole-vaulting, throwing an object from a height, shooting an arrow at a targer, etc.
2. Make a list of student suggested situations on the board.
3. Create groups (3-4 students per group)
4. Randomly assign groups to a real-life situation
5. Students use Tool Factory mobile digital camera lab to capture a video of their situation.
6. In the computer lab, students upload the video to Logger-pro 3 computer software
7. Use Logger-pro 3 software to analyze video.
8. Use data to create a power-point presentation of situation and analysis (be sure to include video in presentation).

Assessment:
1. Teacher observation
2. Oral discussion
3. Group project
4. Class presentation
Comments
This activity gives students a chance to get out of the classroom and actually "see" the math; which does not happen often with higher-level mathematics
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Physics class creates a project (roller-coaster, cannon, etc) and math class videos and analyzes the project.
Math class videos physical education students (long jump, pole-vault, archery, etc) and share findings.
Social Studies can recreate a battle situation and math class can analyze the data and share the results.
Follow-Up
Video situations that are not parabolic and analyze the graph produced. Relate the graph produced to previously studied functions.
Links: Vernier
Materials: Mobile Labs
Other Items: 1 Logger-Pro 3 site liscense, $189.00 each, total of $189.00