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ERIC Number: EJ1116624
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5769
Jumping to Quadratic Models
Gunter, Devon
Mathematics Teacher, v110 n3 p174-180 Oct 2016
It is no easy feat to engage young people with abstract material as well as push them to greater depths of understanding. Add in the extra pressures of curriculum expectations and standards and the problem is exacerbated. Projects designed around standards and having multiple entry points clearly offer students the best opportunity to engage with otherwise daunting material and construct rich understanding. A project the author has used in his classes addresses these issues. In this project, which is presented in this article, students explore how high a person can jump. They work in groups to design experiments and collect jump data with which they develop assumptions related to projectile motion. The project encourages students to explore topics in algebra, although suggestions for extensions in a calculus course are presented too. Students actively engage in the study of quadratic functions through this hands-on approach that emphasizes the engineering design process. Using this design process in the classroom has promoted curiosity, improved self-confidence, and encouraged resilience in students. (A bibliography is included.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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