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Algebra 1

Key Topic: Domain and range, independent and dependent variables, characteristics of a function

Students will interpret velocity and acceleration graphs from the ascent phase of a space shuttle flight (8.5 minutes), and focus on the last 50 seconds before Main Engine Cut-Off, or MECO, to identify a linear function.

Students will
  • determine independent and dependent variables;
  • identify domain and range;
  • interpret graphs and tables;
  • identify functions; and
  • use tables to determine the function rule.

Prerequisites: Students should have prior knowledge of the characteristics of functions and be able to identify functions from tables and graphs.

Ascent: 50 Seconds to MECO Educator Edition (1.7 MB)
Ascent: 50 Seconds to MECO Student Edition (282 KB)