Welcome to your Algebra 1 Honors Project Home Page!

We've learned so much this year and now that state end-of-course testing is done, it's time to use what we've learned and have a bit of fun doing it.

We've learned a lot about functions (linear, quadratic, cubic, exponential, piecewise, absolute value, and radical) and how most of these types of functions can be used to model a real-world situation. For example, we used linear functions when there was a constant rate of change, such as a constant increase in weekly pay for every hour worked. However, for this project we will narrow our focus down and deal only with quadratic and exponential functions. We will use quadratic and exponential functions to solve real world problems. Once the "math" is done, we will create digital storytelling projects to "tell the story" of our real-life problem and how we solved it.

The St. Louis Arch is a beautiful example of a parabola (quadratic function) in real life.
St Louis night

Daniel Schwen/CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

YOUR TASKYou and a partner (or two, but no more than three students in a group), will create a digital storytelling project (using Prezi as the medium) that demonstrates how you used either a quadratic function or an exponential function to both model and solve a real-world problem.

  • Choose your groups and review the sample student project (click here) to get idea of what it is you'll be creating.
  • Take time to review the project rubric (click here) to get an idea of exactly how your project will be scored. (Note: To see the entire rubric, please use the scroll bar on the right of the rubric and slide down.)
If you have questions, please ask!

  • Go to the Curriculum Page (click here) to see resources that have already been selected for you. You will find them broken down into four categories: Resources, Tools, Sample student projects (from the Web), and Suggestions.
  • As a group, spend time becoming familiar with the resources on this page.
  • Look at the student samples (not from this course but found on the Internet) and look at the links and videos that deal with quadratic and exponential functions in the real-world.
  • You may also go to the Internet to find your own resources.
After completing Step 2, you should have some ideas for a real-world problem you want to solve and which function is most appropriate for solving it.

If you have questions, please ask!

  • Select a real-world problem and choose a function to represent it.
  • Write down the details of the problem.
  • See Mrs. Ross for review, suggestions, and approval.

STEP 4Write out your final problem and solution.
  • Introduce your problem situation and explain what needs to be solved.
  • Pick your variables and define what the represent.
  • Solve the problem (Are you looking for the zero's, the y-intercept, a particular point in time, etc.).
  • Explain what the solution means.
  • See Mrs. Ross for review, suggestions, and approval.

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LESSON PLAN (Click here)