Anatomy of a Parabola

Look at parabolas from a different perspective. The lesson introduces the idea of the analytic interpretation of parabolas. Pupils learn the vocabulary associated with parabolas including the focus and directrix. They develop the equations and determine the critical values to create the graph.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Demonstrate how quadratic functions can be written in the form to find the focus and directrix
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes students can work with quadratics
  • The class should be comfortable finding distances on the coordinate plane
  • The PowerPoint presentation includes notes
  • Contains answer keys
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