Parabolas under Pressure

  • Parabolas under Pressure

    Seán Madden
    The author and his Algebra 1 students explore the quadratic behavior behind the parabolic shape of fountains at the local family splash park. In this hands-on discovery project, students gathered data on and used graphing calculators to analysis of the beautiful symmetry of these fountains. This experience served as a capstone project for a unit on quadratic equations.