Angry Birds Algebra!

Today Mrs. Cole’s Algebra II class began the unit on Quadratics in an Inquiry style. Rather than starting with the equation, students studied an example of a parabolic trajectory using the popular game, Angry Birds.  Students used a video of a few launches of different trajectories, then brainstormed math questions such as:

How does the angle affect the trajectory?  What does the equation look like?  How does the launch speed affect the landing point?

Students were then asked to analyze a screenshot of the launches and plot the correct trajectory using their graphing calculators.  Very interesting!

Photo 11-5-2014 10.52.39 AM

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