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Algebra Application: Accident Investigation

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Algebra Application: Accident Investigation

In this Algebra Application, students develop a quadratic mathematical model for calculating the speed of a car based on the length of its skid marks. Using this model, students investigate the corresponding parabola. The math topics covered include:

- Mathematical modeling
- Quadratic functions in standard form
- Square root formula
- Data analysis

The culminating activity is for students to write a program, using either a spreadsheet or a computer language like Python, that can calculate the speed of a car, given the skid mark length and coefficient of friction as the two inputs.

**Note**: The download is a PDF file that includes the link to the GoogleDoc version.

Common Core Standards | CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.F.B.5, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.EE.A.2, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSA.CED.A.1, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSF.IF.C.7.A |
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Grade Range | 8 - 10 |

Curriculum Nodes |
Algebra • Quadratic Functions and Equations • Applications of Quadratic Functions • Quadratic Equations and Functions |

Copyright Year | 2021 |

Keywords | applications of quadratic functions, mathematical modeling, Python program, square root, quadratic functions in standard form |