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Camp Out on Conic Sections - The Parabola
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.
Denise Nolen, BS, MEd Sec Math
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How does a “Multi-Day” course work?
Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries
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This three-day camp course is an excellent choice for a student who has completed at least one semester of Algebra 2 and either wants to re-visit the parabola as a conic section or wants to learn it for the first time. This course will focus on gaining confidence in working with the standard form of parabolas that open up, down, left, and right in the coordinate plane. Although two additional camp courses will also be offered for working with other conic sections (the circle and ellipse, the...
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.
After Day 1, students will be encouraged to make an additional hand-drawn/written copy of the two visuals they created in class, making them colorful, if they wish. After Day 2, students will be encouraged to finish up re-copying their visuals and to practice what they learned that day by completing a problem set that I will provide. Solutions will be provided the next day. After Day 3, students will, again, be provided with additional problems and solutions to continue their practice at home. Then, I encourage them to teach what they learned to at least one other person!
6 files available upon enrollmentStudents 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.
There is no formal assessment for this course. Students can gauge their success by completing and checking and correcting the additional problems given for practice at the end of Day 2 and Day 3.
3 hours per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Denise Nolen, BS, MEd Sec Math
Math Tutor for Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 & 2, Trig, Precal
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
73 total reviews
139 completed classes
Sometimes, a student might need a little extra guidance with their math work. Other times, a student wants to move ahead and be more challenged in their curriculum. I am available for one-on-one math tutoring (homework help, re-teaching, or...