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Parabolas under Pressure

Se├ín Madden 

May 2009, Volume 102, Issue 9, Page 660

Abstract:
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.

Keywords:
Activities
Grades 9-12
Connections / Applications
Journal
Quadratics
Technology