It’s not often I get my kids yelling and hollering about math, but if the Basketbola project was anything, it was fun.

From a math/content/standard perspective, the biggest thing the project did was visualize the result of a negative leading coefficient of a quadratic. While I hoped for a little more, I’ll take it for the first time doing the mini-project. In the future I’ll probably flesh-out some of the other properties of parabolas and address those properties a little more directly. After about 25 minutes, matching the graph to the flight of the ball was a little repetitive, though still interesting enough to hold a sixteen-year-old’s attention.

Video’s private, Tom.

Geez, swing and a miss. Should be fixed now.

can you share what program you used to create the graph to overlay onto the picture?

Absolutely! I copied the picture into Geogebra, which is available to download for free online:

http://www.geogebra.org/cms/

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