My favorite thing to teach is "parabola's" I had students bring water rockets to school this year and we went outside to launch them. We timed how long it took them to return and recorded their height using a homeade clinometer. We "sketched" this onformation on a graph, then applied the formula to graph it using calculators. This is sort of neat because the flight path of the rochet models a parabola and often the examples in teh text have something to do with projectiles. I did this with 9th graders and it was a bit hard. More success may have been possible with more advanced students...but we had fun and hopefully learned something.
Susan Boone Saint Agnes Academy Houston, TX firstname.lastname@example.org
On 28 Jul 1999, Anonymous wrote:
> I would like to get real-life interesting and exciting applications > regarding parabola's. Thanks in advance >