Skip to content Skip to navigation Skip to collection information

OpenStax-CNX

You are here: Home » Content » Advanced Algebra II: Activities and Homework » Solving Problems by Graphing Quadratic Functions

Navigation

Table of Contents

Lenses

What is a lens?

Definition of a lens

Lenses

A lens is a custom view of the content in the repository. You can think of it as a fancy kind of list that will let you see content through the eyes of organizations and people you trust.

What is in a lens?

Lens makers point to materials (modules and collections), creating a guide that includes their own comments and descriptive tags about the content.

Who can create a lens?

Any individual member, a community, or a respected organization.

What are tags? tag icon

Tags are descriptors added by lens makers to help label content, attaching a vocabulary that is meaningful in the context of the lens.

This content is ...

Affiliated with (What does "Affiliated with" mean?)

This content is either by members of the organizations listed or about topics related to the organizations listed. Click each link to see a list of all content affiliated with the organization.
  • Featured Content display tagshide tags

    This collection is included inLens: Connexions Featured Content
    By: Connexions

    Comments:

    "This is the "main" book in Kenny Felder's "Advanced Algebra II" series. This text was created with a focus on 'doing' and 'understanding' algebra concepts rather than simply hearing about them in […]"

    Click the "Featured Content" link to see all content affiliated with them.

    Click the tag icon tag icon to display tags associated with this content.

Also in these lenses

  • Busbee's Math Materials display tagshide tags

    This collection is included inLens: Busbee's Math Materials Lens
    By: Kenneth Leroy Busbee

    Click the "Busbee's Math Materials" link to see all content selected in this lens.

    Click the tag icon tag icon to display tags associated with this content.

Recently Viewed

This feature requires Javascript to be enabled.

Tags

(What is a tag?)

These tags come from the endorsement, affiliation, and other lenses that include this content.
 

Solving Problems by Graphing Quadratic Functions

Module by: Kenny M. Felder. E-mail the author

Summary: Introduces graphing quadratic functions to solve problems.

Let’s start with our ball being thrown up into the air. As you doubtless recall:

h ( t ) = h o + v o t 16 t 2 h ( t ) = h o + v o t 16 t 2 size 12{h \( t \) =h rSub { size 8{o} } +v rSub { size 8{o} } t - "16"t rSup { size 8{2} } } {}

Exercise 1

A ball is thrown upward from the ground with an initial velocity of 64 ft/sec.

  • a. Write the equation of motion for the ball.
  • b. Put that equation into standard form for graphing.
  • c. Now draw the graph. hh size 12{h} {} (the height, and also the dependent variable) should be on the yy size 12{y} {}-axis, and tt size 12{t} {} (the time, and also the independent variable) should be on the xx size 12{x} {}-axis.
  • d. Use your graph to answer the following questions: at what time(s) is the ball on the ground?
  • e. At what time does the ball reach its maximum height?
  • f. What is that maximum height?

Exercise 2

Another ball is thrown upward, this time from the roof, 30' above ground, with an initial velocity of 200 ft/sec.

  • a. Write the equation of motion for the ball.
  • b. Put that equation into standard form for graphing, and draw the graph as before.
  • c. At what time(s) is the ball on the ground?
  • d. At what time does the ball reach its maximum height?
  • e. What is that maximum height?

OK, we’re done with the height equation for now. The following problem is taken from a Calculus book. Just so you know.

Exercise 3

A farmer has 2400 feet of fencing, and wants to fence off a rectangular field that borders a straight river. He needs no fence along the river. What are the dimensions of the field that has the largest area?

  • a. We’re going to start by getting a “feeling” for this problem, by doing a few drawings. First of all, draw the river, and the fence around the field by the river, assuming that the farmer makes his field 2200 feet long. How far out from the river does the field go? What is the total area of the field? After you do part (a), please stop and check with me, so we can make sure you have the right idea, before going on to part (b).
  • b. Now, do another drawing where the farmer makes his field only 400 feet long. How far out from the river does the field go? What is the total area of the field?
  • c. Now, do another drawing where the farmer makes his field 1000 feet long. How far out from the river does the field go? What is the total area of the field?

The purpose of all that was to make the point that if the field is too short or too long then the area will be small; somewhere in between is the length that will give the biggest field area. For instance, 1000 works better than 2200 or 400. But what length works best? Now we’re going to find it.

  • d. Do a final drawing, but this time, label the length of the field simply xx size 12{x} {}. How far out from the river does the field go?
  • e. What is the area of the field, as a function of xx size 12{x} {}?
  • f. Rewrite A(x)A(x) size 12{A \( x \) } {} in a form where you can graph it, and do a quick sketch. (Graph paper not necessary, but you do need to label the vertex.)
  • g. Based on your graph, how long should the field be to maximize the area? What is that maximum area?

    Hint:

    Make sure the area comes out bigger than all the other three you already did, or something is wrong!

Collection Navigation

Content actions

Download:

Collection as:

PDF | EPUB (?)

What is an EPUB file?

EPUB is an electronic book format that can be read on a variety of mobile devices.

Downloading to a reading device

For detailed instructions on how to download this content's EPUB to your specific device, click the "(?)" link.

| More downloads ...

Module as:

PDF | More downloads ...

Add:

Collection to:

My Favorites (?)

'My Favorites' is a special kind of lens which you can use to bookmark modules and collections. 'My Favorites' can only be seen by you, and collections saved in 'My Favorites' can remember the last module you were on. You need an account to use 'My Favorites'.

| A lens I own (?)

Definition of a lens

Lenses

A lens is a custom view of the content in the repository. You can think of it as a fancy kind of list that will let you see content through the eyes of organizations and people you trust.

What is in a lens?

Lens makers point to materials (modules and collections), creating a guide that includes their own comments and descriptive tags about the content.

Who can create a lens?

Any individual member, a community, or a respected organization.

What are tags? tag icon

Tags are descriptors added by lens makers to help label content, attaching a vocabulary that is meaningful in the context of the lens.

| External bookmarks

Module to:

My Favorites (?)

'My Favorites' is a special kind of lens which you can use to bookmark modules and collections. 'My Favorites' can only be seen by you, and collections saved in 'My Favorites' can remember the last module you were on. You need an account to use 'My Favorites'.

| A lens I own (?)

Definition of a lens

Lenses

A lens is a custom view of the content in the repository. You can think of it as a fancy kind of list that will let you see content through the eyes of organizations and people you trust.

What is in a lens?

Lens makers point to materials (modules and collections), creating a guide that includes their own comments and descriptive tags about the content.

Who can create a lens?

Any individual member, a community, or a respected organization.

What are tags? tag icon

Tags are descriptors added by lens makers to help label content, attaching a vocabulary that is meaningful in the context of the lens.

| External bookmarks