Algebra 1, Algebra 2
Students will investigate the characteristics of quadratic functions to solve real-world problems involving the parabolic flights of NASA's Weightless Wonder jet.
Prerequisites: Students should have prior experience working with quadratic equations and the properties of a parabola.
Files for use with the TI-84 Plus™
› Weightless Wonder Educator Edition (PDF 400 KB)
› Weightless Wonder Student Edition (PDF 236 KB)
Files for use with the TI-Nspire™
› Weightless Wonder TI_Nspire Educator Edition (PDF 712 KB)
› Weightless Wonder TI_Nspire Student Edition (PDF 450 KB)
Note: The following file is a software specific file for Texas Instrument Nspire calculators.
› Weightless Wonder TI_Nspire Document (TNS 149 KB)
› Weightless Wonder TI_Nspire Solutions Document (TNS 151 KB)
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- solve quadratic equations and evaluate and graph quadratic functions;
- find the maximum, the y-intercept, the x-intercepts, and interpret their significance; and
- determine the effects of parameter changes on the graph of an quadratic equation.