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INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCE: Algebra Application: Accident Investigation

INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCE: 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.

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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