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United States Population: Using Quadratic Models
The Make It Real Learning Quadratic Functions I workbook focuses on realworld situations that may be effectively modeled by quadratic functions. This book is suitable for both algebra 1 and algebra 2 students.
Whether business growth, changing population or falling objects, learners get to use mathematics in meaningful ways. Each activity integrates real world information, companies, and issues (e.g. USAA, autism, body mass index), not just "realistic" data.
There are multiple ways to use the activities of the book in a teaching environment. The activities are an excellent tool for stimulating mathematical discussions in a small group setting. Due to the challenging nature of each activity, group members are motivated to brainstorm problem solving strategies together. The interesting real world contexts motivate them to want to solve the problems. The activities may also be used for individual projects and classwide discussions.
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Activity Title  Mathematical Objectives 

Autism Awareness: Creating and Using Quadratic Models 
Calculate and interpret the meaning of average rates of change Use rates of change to forecast unknown results Use regression to find a quadratic model 
Autism Awareness: Solving Quadratic Equations 
Evaluate a quadratic function model at a given value Solve a quadratic equation with the Quadratic Formula Find the xintercepts and vertex of a parabola from its equation 
Business Growth  USAA: Quadratic Function Modeling 
Calculate and analyze trends in rates of change Draw a scatter plot of a data set Use regression to find a quadratic model Evaluate a quadratic function 
Changing Population — Kentucky: Doing Data Analysis and Modeling 
Determine if a linear or quadratic function best fits a data set Use regression to find a quadratic model Solve a quadratic equation with the Quadratic Formula 
Changing Population  New York: Modeling with Quadratics 
Explain the relationship between rates of change and concavity Determine if a linear or quadratic function best fits a data set Use regression to find a quadratic model Find the vertex of a quadratic function algebraically 
Changing Population — South Carolina: Doing Data Analysis and Modeling 
Determine if a linear or quadratic function best fits a data set Use regression to find a quadratic model Evaluate a quadratic function at a given value Solve a quadratic equation with the Quadratic Formula 
Falling Objects  Empire State Building: Working with Quadratics 
Use a quadratic model for the position of a falling object Create a linear equation for the velocity of a falling object Use the quadratic formula to find xintercepts 
Falling Objects  Sears Tower: Working with Quadratics 
Use a quadratic model for the position of a falling object Create a linear equation for the velocity of a falling object Use the quadratic formula to find xintercepts 
United States Population: Using Quadratic Models 
Solve a quadratic equation with the Quadratic Formula Evaluate a quadratic function at a given value Estimate the point of intersection of two graphs visually 
Using the Body Mass Index Formula: Solving Equations 
Evaluate a multivariable function at a given point Solve linear and quadratic equations 
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