This Weightless Wonder lesson plan also includes:
A video of the weightless wonder provides a setting for the math to follow. Groups analyze the graph of a quadratic function that models the path of the C-9 as it gives astronauts the experience of weightlessness. Using a graphing calculator, the teams analyze the function itself and determine what effects result from changing the parameters of the equation.
- Determine the number of parabolas that must be flown for an astronaut to practice a particular task, such as putting on a spacesuit
- If the class is not familiar with using a graphing calculator to graph and determine points, provide a mini lesson prior to the activity
- The class should have knowledge of working with quadratics and their graphs
- Resource comes in two forms, one that uses a graphing calculator and one that uses a TI-Nspire
- The wrap-up is an assessment to determine individual understanding