We can therefore express them in the form of y = m x + c, where m is the gradient while c is the y-intercept.

We describe a parabola with the following generic form: y = ax² + bx + c.

*So, does a parabola have any gradient?*

*Justify your response...*
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**Zero to Infinity **In this programme, mathematician Marcus du Sautoy explains how humans have developed numbers for their mathematical needs. Hear about the Invention of **Zero** and have a better understanding of **Infinity**. Can we divide a number by Zero? Is *Infinity* the biggest number? (http://www.teachers.tv/video/3500)

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We describe a straight line with gradient and y-intercept.

*So, does a parabola have any gradient?**Justify your response...*

We can therefore express them in the form of y = m x + c, where m is the gradient while c is the y-intercept.

We describe a parabola with the following generic form: y = ax² + bx + c.

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This term, we have earmarked 2 sub-topics for you to learn on your own... own time own target (to be completed by Term 1 Week 9).

**Chapter 9.2: Average Speed **

You are expected to complete sub-topic by 15 May 2010. A Pop-Quiz has been scheduled on 18 May 2010 (Tuesday).

**Chapter 9.3: Speed**

Apart from textbook and workbook, recommended resources and learning activities will be delivered through the AceLearning Portal and the Maths Blog.

**As these 2 sub-topics are not going to be covered in the class, please check/clarify with Ms Loh (Face-to-face or virtually) when you are in-doubt.**

You are expected to complete sub-topic by 15 May 2010. A Pop-Quiz has been scheduled on 18 May 2010 (Tuesday).

Apart from textbook and workbook, recommended resources and learning activities will be delivered through the AceLearning Portal and the Maths Blog.

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**Seaside Triangles** - How properties of triangles become useful in real world applications.

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**Surface Area of an Octagon** - Step-by-step process of working out the area of an octagon

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This video clip, Statistics: Decisions Through Data shows how data (in the study of Statistics) has enabled mankind to make big and small decisions, that either impact the individuals or the bigger community.

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- Describing Data

- Producing Data

- Conclusions from Data

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Watch this video clip The Business of Farming

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- Producing Data

- Conclusions from Data

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Watch this video clip The Business of Farming

No, a parabola has no gradient. Reason 1: A parabola is not a straight line. Reason 2: According to the equation given, "y = ax^2 + bx + c" is not equivalent to "y = mx + c", as the first equation does not have an "m" whereas the latter does. Since "m" represents the gradient, the first equation (parabola) has no gradient.

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ReplyDeleteYou are right that "y = ax^2 + bx + c" is not equivalent to "y = mx + c". Hence, by comparing the general form, we would not be able to find any 'commonality'.

Hm... may want to explore what happens to the parabola when "a" becomes extremely small...

Let's see if anyone wants to make that attempt :)