Algebra 2 Honors Mathematical Modeling with Conics

Names:_______________________________ Due: Monday, April 30, 2012

Objective: To be able to graph and write equations of conics. Materials Needed: Digital camera, computer, GeoGebra software (a link to the download is on my webpage.) Instructions: At this point, you should be able to recognize and graph circles, ellipses and parabolas. You will have Wednesday and Friday in class to work on the following project. Do the following for TWO (of the three listed above) conic sections: 1) Find and photograph representations of the conic section. (Note: You MAY NOT use your cell phone as a camera for this project!) 2) Put your image into a GeoGebra file. (Instructions are on my webpage.) 3) Fit a conic section to your picture. a. First find relative information such as directrix, foci etc. b. Write an equation that will model a conic section to your photograph. c. Input the equation into GeoGebra. (Instructions are on my webpage.) How to hand in your project:  Turn in printouts of your GeoGebra files to me at the start of class on Monday as well as any related work (such as the information found in part 3a.) Use a paper clip, do not staple your project. (One set per group.) Hand in the attached rubric for each group member with names on it. Email me your GeoGebra files saved as .png files. Instructions on how to save the images are on my webpage under “Dr. X’s GeoGebra Instructions.”

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Have fun and good luck!

Name: _________________________________ Group Members: _________________________________

CATEGORY Mathematical Concepts

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Graph and Photo (1)

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Explanation and Key Components (1)

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Graph and Photo (2)

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Explanation and Key Components (2)

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