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Dayyn Sisson Math, 2nd Period

Portfolio Writeup
World of Quadratics

Portfolio Writeup: Problem Statement

In this problem, we had to calculate all the factors to take into consideration when firing fireworks for a celebration. We had to find where a firework shot from 160 ft. tall building peaks (to find the timing), the time it would take to get there, the horizontal distance (to see how far back people should stand), and the time it would take for the firework to land back on the ground.

Portfolio Writeup: Process

To find out how to do it, we were given a set of equations: h(t) = s + vt 16t2 - for finding trajectory peak d(t) =
vt tana

- for finding horizontal distance

First, we plugged in the numbers for s & v (starting height & velocity) which makes the equation now look like this: h(t) = 160 + 92t 16t2 . Since we need t to find h(t), we needed to solve for t. Since a firework doesnt move perpetually upwards, the peak would be the spot where its height stops increasing, just before it begins to decrease. Through a sort of guess and check method, I found that the number was somewhere between 2 & 3 seconds. Following the same method (with the collective help of my peers) we zeroed it down to about 2.875 seconds. Now with t we could solve for the peak: h(t) = 160 + 92t 16t2 h(t) = 160 + 92(2.875) 16(2.875)2 h(t) = 292 With that, we had solved for the first two parts of the problem finding the trajectory peak and the time it would take to get there. Now we had to find the horizontal distance using this equation:

Dayyn Sisson Math, 2nd Period

d(t) =

vt tana .

92t . To find the time for it to hit First, we plug in for v & a (velocity and angle): d(t) = tan 65
2

ac the ground, we need to use the quadratic equation: b b 24 . With b being the velocity (92), a a

being the force of gravity (-16) and c being the starting height (160). The equation now looks like: 9224(16)(160) 92 which, since we have a sign, would either be -1.39875 if we added, or
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7.14875 if we subtracted. Since the time cant possibly be negative, the time has to be 7.14875 92(7.14875) 92t which is now: d(t) = seconds. We then plug that into our equation: d(t) = tan . Which 65 2.14450692 means that d(t) = 306.6835 .

Portfolio Writeup: Solution

So in the end, the solution would be these answers: Trajectory Peak: 292 ft. Time Till Peak: 2.875 sec. Horizontal Distance: 306.6835 ft. Time Till Land: 7.14875 sec. These calculations are all based on the given formulas for trajectory, horizontal distance, and quadratics. You cant argue with the math!

Portfolio Writeup: Evaluation

Did I consider it educationally worthwhile? Yes, I did. It refreshed me on my knowledge of quadratics that I began learning in 8th grade, and provided a good challenge that helped me learn new things. The only thing I would change, is by providing possibly a hint on how to find the time till the rocket reached the peak. Yes I did, it was fun working with my peers to solve a problem I had forgotten how to solve. It was neither too hard, nor too easy. I think it was a good challenge that helped me learn.

Dayyn Sisson Math, 2nd Period

Portfolio Writeup: Self-Assessment

I think I deserve an A+ on this assignment, because we are graded based on our learning, and I definitely feel like Ive learned (or relearned) quite a bit from this introduction to quadratics. Of course Im not absolutely completely confident, but I think that the problem served its purpose, and that I progressed enough in my learning to deserve an A+.