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Camp Out on Conic Sections - The Parabola

Denise Nolen, BS, MEd Sec Math
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(89)
Get ready to think about parabolas geometrically and algebraically, combined, as you learn, use, and understand the basic concepts of this interesting conic section of Algebra 2 and Precalculus.

Class Experience

On Day 1, students will discuss a few pre-requisite math terms with me. Then, they will learn the definition and representation of conic sections, in general, and the specific geometric definition of the parabola. As we discuss the parabola, I’ll lead students through creating a visual model of the definition. As time permits, we will begin another visual model to develop the formulas for the standard graphing form of the equations of parabolas, based on orientation, as well as specific formulas for the defining parts of the parabola. Students will be encouraged to re-copy their visuals and to make them colorful, if they wish, and share with us the next day. I find that colors can make learning and memorizing easier.
Day 2 will be spent finishing the formulas visual and graphing as many parabolas as possible. I will work alongside the students, gradually giving them less instruction as they catch on. It will be fun to see what they are able to share with classmates and how quickly they will be able to explain what they are doing and help each other along. I will provide some additional problems for students to try at home and check with me and others the next day.
We will spend most of Day 3 doing the reverse of the graphing we did on Day 2 by writing equations based on the graphing characteristics. I think of this skill as being a bit like the TV game show Jeopardy where you must come up with the question! As time permits toward the end of Day 3, I may have the chance to lead students through the algebra method of completing the square for equations that are not yet in standard graphing form.
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 6 files available upon enrollment
Students will need: 1. Pencil, eraser, straightedge, 2. One copy of Conic Sections Definition 3. Two copies of Geometric Definition of Parabolas page and two copies of Parabolas Formulas page, 4. Five copies of 20x20 grid 4 per page 5. One copy of Parabolas Practice and one copy of More Parabolas Practice
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.

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Denise Nolen, BS, MEd Sec Math
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(89)
*April 18, 2023: 
I am no longer booking new learners as I ease toward full retirement. Outschool provides listings for an array of incredible mathematics educators to meet a wide variety of learner needs. I wish you and your learner the very best... 
Group Class


for 3 classes
3x per week, 1 week
60 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(5)
Completed by 14 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 13-18
2-6 learners per class

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