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Parabolas in The Real World

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Keywords: Flip Video,
Subject(s): Algebra, Math
Grades 7 through 8
NETS-S Standard:
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Olive Vista Middle School, Sylmar, CA
Planned By: Brent Obillo
Original Author: Brent Obillo, Sylmar
-Students have prior lessons on the "launched model" of parabolas.
-In a whole group setting, record a student jumping in the air.
-Load the video into the laptop and project up, letting students find the launch time and landing time.
-Using the formula, students calculate the maximum height of the students, create the equation of their height vs time, and graph the function.
-Students take their Flip in groups and find parabolic paths in the real world and do the calculations in their own groups.
-Students share out their findings.
This can also be done with the dropped object model, but it's not as fun.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Do this with a PE class and shot puts, baseball, etc.
Materials: Flip Video, Graphing