Web-Based Lesson Plan
Lesson Plan Title: Calculating the Trajectory of a Cannonball
Developed by: David LaVoie
Subject Area: Advanced Algebra
Grade Level: 10th grade
Purpose of the This activity will give the student an introduction to using
Activity: parabolic motion to predict the trajectory and landing speed of a
Objectives Solve problems using correct approach (quadratic formula)
(include at least and correct equipment (computer) to predict computational
one Georgia results and judge these results.
Performance Solve problems related to a practical application of
Standard or cannonball flight prediction.
Georgia QCC for Use polynomials to solve a real-world problem, thinking
art, music, or PE): about the plausibility of results and predictions.
Lesson URL(s): http://www.purplemath.com/modules/quadprob.htm
Equipment Computer, calculator, pencils, scratch paper
How will you Any special needs, such as auditory/visual impairment for
accommodate example, will be met by setting certain groups together, or direct
students with teacher help if it is merited, to allow all students to successfully
special needs? complete the activity. The teacher will work with the special
education department whenever needed.
What makes this This activity covers concepts in physics and algebra, in addition
unit to pertaining to real-world scenarios.
Instructions for Use the websites provided to answer the questions provided on
completion of the activity sheet in groups of no more than four. Answer all
unit: questions in order and complete the activity, then share the
findings of all groups with the entire class.
How will you Students will be evaluated based on participation in the activity,
evaluate student correctness of their assumptions and methods, correctness of
learning? their answer, and the manner in which they present their results.
**There is also an activity sheet that is required with this assignment. You will have to
make this up and include it in the printed material you turn in. The activity sheet should
contain instructions to the student and questions or problems for the student to answer.
Include this as part of your lesson plan, not as a separate file.