Math 1

```Math 2
Name______________________________
Date _____________________________
Learning Goals:
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I can predict whether a quadratic will have a minimum or a maximum based on the value of a.
I can understand and explain when a quadratic function is increasing and decreasing.
I can identify important characteristics of a parabola (y-intercept, max/min, x-intercept, reflective symmetry, etc.) in a
table or graph (extend to a problem situations).
I can use inequality notation to determine when a quadratic function is above or below a certain value (including using
technology)
If you love rollercoasters, thank parabolas! Parabolic hills provide great airtime. Floating over
maximums and dropping down into the minimums are what coaster enthusiasts crave! Below is a
parabolic hill from the Raging Bull coaster located at Six Flags, Illinois.
The following equation represents the hill:
Left support
column
y  .014 x 2  2.8x  160
Right support
column
1. a. The support column furthest to the left is ________ feet tall. The ordered pair for this point is
____________and its mathematical name is ________________________. Describe where this is
located in the equation of the parabola:
b. The shortest distance from the track to the ground is ________ feet and it occurs __________ feet
from the base of each support column. The ordered pair for this point is ______________ and the
mathematical name is _____________________.
c. As the distance from the left support column increases, the height of the track
___________________ at a(n) ___________________ rate, until you reach the ________________
point of (_______,_______). Then the height of the track will begin to ___________________ at
a(n) ___________________ rate.
d. What x-value goes with the second occurrence of a height of 160 feet? How did you determine that
value?
2. Go back to the graph of the rollercoaster hill.
a. Use your calculator to find the x-values for when the track is at least 100 feet above the ground.
Lightly shade the part of the graph that represents these intervals. Also describe the intervals of the
track that you shaded using the compound inequalities below.
________ &lt; x &lt; ________
________ &lt; x &lt; ________
b. Use your calculator to find the x-values for when the track is at most 50 feet above the ground.
Shade this part of the graph also. Describe the interval by completing the compound inequality
below.
________ &lt; x &lt; ________
c. Below is a table of values representing some ordered pairs that make up the parabola.
x (feet)
0
40
60
80
100
140
160
180
200
y (feet)
160
109.6
42.4
25.6
20
25.6
70.4
109.6
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Underline the input/output pair of numbers that represent the y-intercept of the function.
From the table, how do you know this is the y-intercept?
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Circle the input/output pair of numbers that represent the minimum of the function. From
the table, how do you know this is the minimum?
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There are some values in the table that have not been filled in. Use the symmetric nature of
the parabola to fill in each of those values.
***Verify your intervals from 2a &amp; 2b by making a table in the calculator. Also, confirm the values you
filled in the table
To make a table: /  T  b  2Table  5 Edit Table Settings . . .
3. Recall that the height function for dropping pumpkins was h(t ) 144 16t 2 and for a basketball long
shot was h(t )  8  40.8t 16t 2 .
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Describe the similarities between the graphs of the rollercoaster hill and those of the
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Describe the differences between the graphs of the rollercoaster hill and those of the
***How is the rule for the rollercoaster hill function similar to and how is it different from the rules of
the pumpkin drop and basketball functions?
PRACTICE
1. Below is a picture of the third hill (taller one) of the Intimidator rollercoaster at Carowinds amusement
park, located in North Carolina.
Suppose the following equation represents the graph of
the hill, where x represents the horizontal distance in
feet and y represents the vertical distance in feet.
y   .00832 x 2  2.08 x  20
a. Use your calculator to complete the table of values and then sketch a graph the function.
x (feet)
y (feet)
0
25
50
75
100
125
150
175
200
225
250
b. What are the coordinates of the y-intercept? _________ How do you know from the table? From the
equation?
c. What are the coordinates of the point where the tallest support column meets the track? __________
What is the mathematical name of this point? ____________________________
d. Use a compound inequality to describe the x-values where the track is at least 144.8 feet above the
ground.
e. Use compound inequalities to describe the x-values where the track is at most 103.2 feet above the
ground.
Math 2
2-2 Practice
Name_____________________________________
***NO CALCULATOR***
y   2 x 2  12 x  12
a. Is this function linear or non-linear? How do you know?
b. Does this parabola have a maximum or a minimum (which one)? How do you know?
c. What is the y-intecept of this function? How do you know?
d. Complete the table of values.
x
y
0
0.5
1
1.5
2
2.5
3
3.5
4
4.5
5
5.5
-12
-6.5
1.5
5.5
6
4
1.5
-2
e. Underline the input/output pair of numbers that represent the y-intercept of the function.
f. Circle the input/output pair of numbers that represent the maximum of the function.
g. When does the function have a y-value of at most 1.5?