## Parabolic Equation of a Catapult |
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Parabolic Equation of a Catapult

Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus

Ellen Byron

Students learn the form and elements of the parabola equation in concept before applying the concepts using a small catapult. Data is collected in a catapult competition and is used to solve the equation in context.

Small Catapult with projectile object (contact Sierra College STEM project for assembly of a catapult). Algebra 2 textbook or Pre Calculus textbook to assist student with exploration of parabolic equations. Other materials (need enough for each group in class): ball, long tape measure, yard stick, data collection handout (see attachment), video camera (optional; students could use their phones to video the trajectory if allowed).

Algebra 2 textbook or Pre Calculus textbook to assist student with exploration of parabolic equations.

One or Two class periods (one if on block schedule) plus homework time.

An additional 3 hour time slot allocated to building the STEM catapult.

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