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|
|Grade Range||8 - 10|
• Quadratic Functions and Equations
• Applications of Quadratic Functions
• Quadratic Equations and Functions
|Keywords||applications of quadratic functions, mathematical modeling, Python program, square root, quadratic functions in standard form|