Parabolas: Invisible Graph

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Envision the function as the point swings. Given a point connected to another point and a line, pupils trace through an invisible graph. Learners identify the name of the given point and the line and determine the type of conic section created by the trace.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Extend the activity by asking the class to determine the equation of the parabola
  • Provide a graphic organizer for class members to record and define aspects of a parabola
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