Illuminations: Hanging Chains

Both ends of a small chain will be attached to a board with a grid on it to (roughly) form a parabola.

Students will choose three points along the curve and use them to identify an equation. Repeating the process, students will discover how the equation changes when the chain is shifted.

 

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Algebra & Pre-Algebra
High School, Educator

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