Quadwhatic? The Answer to “When are we ever gonna’ use this stuff!” 
Introduction

Task

Process· Your mission is to scour the Internet for evidence that parabolas, quadratic functions, and quadratic equations are actually used in the real world, for real world applications, by real world people J. Specifically you must: 1. You must create a PowerPoint presentation showing the different real world uses for quadratic functions you have found. For each application you find, make a single slide in your PowerPoint presentation that contains as much of the following as possible: · The URL for the site you got the information from. · Who (specific person, organization, or company) is using the quadratic/parabola and where is the work being done. · A brief description of the research, field of study, or technology that is using the quadratic/parabola (no longer than a short paragraph) · Any graphic you find to help illustrate the application of the quadratic/parabola. 2. Use google, yahoo, altavista, or any other search engine of your choice to find examples of parabolas and quadratic functions being used in the real world. See the Resources section of this Webquest to find tips and hints for happy hunting. 3. When you find a an example of a parabola or quadratic function being used in the real world, gather the information, pictures, and source information required to complete the slide for that specific application. 4. Your PowerPoint presentation must have a Title Slide with your name, class, period, teacher, and title of this assignment: Quadwhatic? The Answer to “When are we ever gonna’ use this stuff! Save often and save your Presentation with the file name LastNameFirstInitial_Quadwhatic in the assignment folder inside the brewer folder on the lbhsntf8a server (lbhs_ntf8a/math/brewer/assignments). 
Evaluation
Your PowerPoint Presentation will be scored according to the rubric below.

ConclusionYou will see, as a result of this webquest, that the NERDY stuff we do in Algebra 2 is the foundation of astounding technologies and useful to researchers and professionals around the world. MATH IS COOL!!! 
Resources· This task can be daunting if you do not use a little guile, wit, and searchenginuity. While you can use conventional search engines conventionally to try to find this information, here is a little friendly advice on searching and surfing for the information for this assignment… 1. Many uses for quadratics can sound confusing, and pictures can help you make sense of things. Consider using a google or altavista image search for “parabola”, “quadratic graph”, “Quadratic Applications”, Quadratic Functions, etc. 2. If several images represent the same item, for instance a satellite dish, search several sites to find the most clear explanations for how the quadratics are being used. Happy Hunting!!! 