The Unit is designed to introduce/reinforce the student’s knowledge of quadratic functions. The unit will begin with PHET simulations on the characteristics of quadratic functions, applying their knowledge to digitally fabricate a parabola, and then using the parabola’s graph to identify all of the key features to determine its equation.
Using the hook event, introduce students to the essential question, "How might we, as structural engineers, design and use a 3D model of a parabola, to derive the corresponding quadratic equation?"
Quadratic Blindness: Students will be asked to collect data, they are required to take or record at least 10 sites/events that involve quadratics around them. If students have no idea what a quadratic is they may have to do a little research on their own first. Then students will report their findings and watch a video on how Quadratics are used in careers.
Students will use simulations, games, and online activities to reinforce their knowledge of quadratics and its key features.
Class Activities
Station Activities
Workshops
Students or student groups will be able to use any digital fabrication tools they choose to create a model of a parabola found in the real world. Then they will graph that parabola and identify its key features to determine its equation.
Guidelines:
How might we, as structural engineers, design and use a 3D model of a parabola, to derive the corresponding quadratic equation?
You are turning in 2 things by the end:
1. Product (created in e-lab)
2. Analysis and Student Reflection
Here are the following guidelines:
Student Reflection:
SUBMISSION: Products will be placed on display in room during class, analysis, and student reflection will be turned into teacher by _____.