Description: Scientists use conic sections to map the trajectories of spacecraft in flight. The setting for this episode is a planned future flight to Mars. As the ship travels from Earth to Mars, parabolic, circular, and elliptical paths are explored. In the process students will learn the difference between a quadratic relation and a quadratic function.
Grade Range: 6-12, college developmental math
Curriculum Standards: CCSS.Math. Content. HSG- GPE.A.1, CCSS.Math. Content.HSG- GPE.A.2, CCSS.Math. Content.HSG- GPE.A.3
Copyright: ©2011
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