## Postcard Project Reflection

For this project, we learned all about quadratics, and then were able to apply it to real life situations. We learned about the three different forms - standard, factored, and vertex - and how to convert between them, as well as what they found. We learned how to get the x-intercepts, y-intercept, and vertex, and were also be able to use simple algebra to complete the equations. We learned about all parts of a parabola and were able to practice graphing and using computer programs to solve. We also learned about some helpful tools to solve, including the area diagram which can help you visualize and construct an equation to solve and/or convert.

The quadratics postcard activity is a mini project we had where we were challenged to solve a real life problem involving a parabola and quadratic equations. I decided to have mine be about kicking a soccer ball, and the parabola of which the ball travels. I wanted to find the vertex and x-intercepts, as it was done for the fireworks problem. Once I chose what my question and solution could be, I created the postcard by adding explanations and photos.

I feel that I did well on the project even though I ran into a few obstacles that I had to overcome. I ended up having to revise my question a few times so that it would be solvable, and have all variables needed. I think I handled the challenges well and was able to finish the project with a good product and understandable process. I also used a past problem to understand what I was trying to do better. I had a hard time distinguishing between distance vs. height and time vs. height. I ended up using time vs. height since that made most sense to ask, and let two different variables be used. I think I would spend more time creating the question and making a handmade postcard if I did it over again.

The quadratics postcard activity is a mini project we had where we were challenged to solve a real life problem involving a parabola and quadratic equations. I decided to have mine be about kicking a soccer ball, and the parabola of which the ball travels. I wanted to find the vertex and x-intercepts, as it was done for the fireworks problem. Once I chose what my question and solution could be, I created the postcard by adding explanations and photos.

I feel that I did well on the project even though I ran into a few obstacles that I had to overcome. I ended up having to revise my question a few times so that it would be solvable, and have all variables needed. I think I handled the challenges well and was able to finish the project with a good product and understandable process. I also used a past problem to understand what I was trying to do better. I had a hard time distinguishing between distance vs. height and time vs. height. I ended up using time vs. height since that made most sense to ask, and let two different variables be used. I think I would spend more time creating the question and making a handmade postcard if I did it over again.