College Algebra
Math 130
Amy Jones Lewis
Kicking a Soccer Ball
A friend of yours is working on a project that
involves the path of a soccer ball. She tells you that
she has collected data for several similar soccer kicks
in a controlled environment (with no wind and
minimum spin on the ball).
She has modeled the general path of the ball using a
quadratic function.
Kicking a Soccer Ball
Your friend’s model is y = -0.01x2 + 0.6x where x is the
horizontal distance that the ball has traveled in meters
and y is the vertical distance that the ball has traveled in
Complete a table of values that shows the vertical and
horizontal distances that the ball has traveled.
Can you approximate from your table how far the ball
traveled before it hit the ground? If so, describe the
Graph the function on your calculator – be sure to
include the full path of the soccer ball in your window.
Kicking a Soccer Ball
What is the vertex of the parabola?
Is it a maximum or a minimum?
What is the y-intercept of the graph? What does it
represent in this problem situation?
How far does the ball travel horizontally before it hits
the ground?
What does this point represent on the graph?
Kicking a Soccer Ball
Write an equation that you can use to algebraically
find the answer to the question about the ball hitting
the ground.
Can you visually determine the solutions to this
To solve the equation in the previous question, we
can use the Quadratic Formula.
Can you find the solutions to the equation
2x2 – 3x + 1 = 0?
Kicking a Soccer Ball
For each quadratic equation below, find the values of
a, b, and c.
 5x2 + 6x + 1 = 0
 8x2 + 4x – 6 = 0
 10x2 – 1 = 0
 -x2 + 8x = 2
Find the solutions to the equations.
Use the Quadratic Equation to find the horizontal
distance that the ball travels before it hits the ground.
Solve the following quadratic equations.
x2 + 7x – 2 = 0
-3x2 + 4x – 8 = 0
Next Class: Thursday, November 18

D20 Kicking a Soccer Ball

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