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Real World Quadratic Regression | Project Based Learning | Distance Learning

Real World Quadratic Regression | Project Based Learning | Distance Learning

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Students will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of finding the quadratic model that best fits data in a real-world setting by performing the following:

  • Choose a city, country, and date for your research.
  • Collect data on the relationship between time of day and the altitude of the sun.
  • Record your information in a table.
  • Find the curve of best fit model using the quadratic regression feature on a graphing calculator.
  • Graph the scatter plot of the data set and the curve of best fit in Desmos.
  • Analyze the results.
  • Record all of the above information in a Google Slide Presentation



Note to Teacher (see preview)

Project Handout - 100% Editable

Student Google Slides Template

Example Google Slides Presentation

2 Videos: Quadratic Regression on TI-84 calculator & Graphing in Desmos

Student Sign-Up Google Spreadsheet

Rubric - 100% editable

BONUS: Graphing Calculator Reference Sheet - Quadratic Regression

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Information about Real World Projects


Students are able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of math in real world settings. Authentic projects that can be used as individual or group work. Project based learning is perfect to integrate within a unit of study or used as a summative assessment.



• Note to Teacher describing how to use the project
• Student handout (editable)
• Rubric (editable)

*Some projects include extra handouts and/or videos

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This product is intended for personal use by ONE teacher only. It is a digital download and no physical product will be sent.

Reviews from Educators

I loved the fact that it got the students out of the classroom into the real world. It's often difficult to convince student that math really does connect to life. This made it more than obvious! – Karyn T.

This is an excellent project that  really gets the students engaged. I love how it encompasses so many areas of graphical analysis and at the same time allows students to be creative while demonstrating their knowledge. – Denise M.

I used this at the end of our unit. My students were so engaged while working through the situation. It was refreshing to hear the students explain to me how they are going to use math after high school! Great resource. – Kelley N.

I am always looking for interesting, engaging activities for my students that take them outside of their comfort zone. This was perfect. It was not too hard for my lower students. I love that they were able to be creative. – Debra S.

This is soooo much fun! I absolutely love that it can be used in class and/or for distance learning. I teach ELLs, and it is a great way to make sure they understand certain concepts, as well as practice their English speaking skills at the same time. Thank you so much!! Highly recommended!! :-) – Tara B.

Since we aren't in a traditional setting, I decided to use this in lieu of a final exam. The kids loved it and were very creative. Thanks for creating something out of the box! – MathMakestheWorldGoRound

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Real World Math Projects

I am always trying to create or find projects where each students' project will be different than every other students in the class because it is more authentic this way. And of course, I want it to be applicable in the real world! This is not always easy to make because if every student’s project is different, or even has an unlimited number of solutions, checking each one is extremely difficult and time-consuming for the teacher. Well, guess what?!...these projects are authentic.

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