Pyrotechnics and Quadratic Functions

In this module explore the paths of fireworks and learn about quadratic functions. Students explore parabolas graphed in Quadrant I, with roots at the origin and positive x. Students will learn about quadratic function in:

  • Standard form
  • Vertex form
  • Factored form

In fact, students learn to use parabolas to model specific fireworks trajectories, and therefore solve for the specific parameters for those functions. Try this module for fun and engaging way to learn about quadratics.

Math Concepts

  • Functions
  • Problem Solving
  • Equations
  • Algebra

Learning Objectives

  • Define and graph quadratic functions in standard form
  • Define and graph quadratic functions in vertex form
  • Define and graph quadratic functions in factored form
  • Construct graphs of quadratic functions given coordinates
  • Solve real-world problems using quadratic functions and their graphs

Prerequisite Skills

  • Basic understanding of functions and their graphs
Common Core Standards CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSF.IF.B.4, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSF.IF.C.7.A
Lesson Duration 20 mins
Grade Range 8th - 10th Grade

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