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Algebra 1

Key Topic: Quadratics

Students will be asked to create scatter plots and find quadratic regression equations using mission data on the altitude of the space shuttle during the first two minutes of the ascent phase.

Students will
  • create scatter plots from a data table;
  • determine correlation and interpret its meaning;
  • find quadratic regression equations; and
  • use a function to find the altitude for times not shown in the table.

Note: This problem is related to the Algebra 1 problem in this series, Space Shuttle Ascent: Mass vs. Time.

› Space Shuttle Ascent: Altitude vs. Time Educator Edition (PDF 661 KB)
› Space Shuttle Ascent: Altitude vs. Time Student Edition (PDF 384 KB)

Related Resources
› VIDEO: STS-121 Launch
› Google Earth Ascent-Trajectory Tour (KMZ 21 KB)  (Note: This file requires Google Earth to be installed on the users computer. The application is available for download at →.)