Quadratic Visual Pattern #3ActMath Activity #MFM2P

On Monday we worked through a quadratic visual pattern with blocks (blog post here), and so today we tried a harder one, again with linking cubes. Here’s a summary of their work:Summary Quadratic visual pattern linking cubes MFM2P

My students used Desmos to find the equation since doing so algebraically is not in the 2P curriculum. In fact, determining the equation for a quadratic relation isn’t required in 2P at all, but since Desmos makes it so easy, we do it! I recreated their work in Desmos for the image in the summary above, but the blackboard work is theirs.
I think it’s time to clean my boards 😉

After taking up each group’s board as a class, we looked at this image to try and make connections between the geometric pattern and the equation we had found:
y=x^2+2x+4visualising the pattern

My files can be found here.

– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)


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