Algebra Application: Fireworks Displays
In this Algebra Application, students develop a quadratic mathematical model based for the path of fireworks. Using this model, students investigate the properties of parabolas, including orientation, y-intercept, and vertex. The math topics covered include:
- Mathematical modeling
- Quadratic functions in standard, vertex, and factored form
- Curve fitting
- Solving equations
The culminating activity is for students to plan a fireworks displays that mathematically uses the properties of quadratics restricted to the first quadrant. Given the coordinates of the vertices, what are the equations of parabolas that fit the given parameters.
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.HSA.SSE.B.3.A, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSA.REI.B.4, 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, quadratic equations, parabola, pyrotechnics, curve fitting|