Parabolic Shapes in Real World
4. What is a vertex? Explore the site and explain your findings on your worksheet. Draw a picture to illustrate your understanding. Vertex of a Parabola
6. Where else can I find a parabola in the real world? Examples and explanations of how parabolas and parabolic curves describe many real world objects and events.
1. What is this shape? Start here to explore what you see! Math explained in easy language, plus puzzles, games, quizzes, worksheets and a forum. For K-12 kids, teachers and parents.
5. What is the line that runs exactly down the middle of the parabola, splitting it into two symmetrical halves? Google
3. What are the different equation forms for a parabola? List them on your worksheet and explain the components! The standard and vertex form equation of a parabola and how the equation relates to the graph of a parabola.
2. Who in the world discovered the parabola? Read about the history of conics. Do you recognize any famous names? Why would someone in ancient times be interested in parabolic motion? Scroll down to the parabola section and report your findings on your worksheet.
7. How do I graph this thing? Watch the video from Khan Academy. Create a simple quadratic equation in the form of y = ax^2 + bx + c and graph on your paper. Explain how a, b, and c in your equation affect the graph. Graphs of quadratic functions have a U shape called "parabola." Here, Sal graphs f(x)=-3x²+8 by creating a table of values and plotting the resulting points. 

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