Math Lessons Launched in the Air

Math Lessons Launched in the Air

Rocky Point High School students in Janece Guerra’s Algebra II classes learned about parabolic arcs in a very visual and hands-on way this winter.

The students were challenged to build an army man launcher using their original design in a 20-minute time frame and use only a select number of simple supplies. These included a paper cup, a spoon, two feet of string, two feet of tape, two rubber bands, six popsicle sticks and a plastic army man figurine.

Once completed, the students tested their creations to see which one would launch the plastic man the furthest. This exercise was designed to model parabolic arcs, as the pathway of the launched figurine was in the shape of a parabolic arc.

The farthest one launched was over 15 yards!