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Ch 6: Quadratic Equations: College Precalculus Lesson Plans

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The Quadratic Equations chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach methods for factoring and solving quadratics in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Quadratic Equations chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Working with parabolas The standard, intercept and vertex forms of a parabola; uses of the FOIL and area methods to multiply binomials
Tuesday Factoring quadratics Methods for using FOIL in reverse to factor quadratics with a leading coefficient of 1; how to factor quadratics with a non-1 leading coefficient
Wednesday Completing the square Steps for converting the standard form of a quadratic equation into vertex form to find the minimum or maximum value
Thursday Solving quadratic equations The uses of factoring, the zero product property and the quadratic formula to solve quadratic equations
Friday Graphing circles Methods for writing the formula for a circle; how to find the center, midpoint and radius

12 Lessons in Chapter 6: Quadratic Equations: College Precalculus Lesson Plans
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What is a Parabola?

1. What is a Parabola?

A parabola is the U shape that we get when we graph a quadratic equation. We actually see parabolas all over the place in real life. In this lesson, learn where, and the correct vocab to use when talking about them.

Parabolas in Standard, Intercept, and Vertex Form

2. Parabolas in Standard, Intercept, and Vertex Form

By rearranging a quadratic equation, you can end up with an infinite number of ways to express the same thing. Learn about the three main forms of a quadratic and the pros and cons of each.

What is a Function? - Applying the Vertical Line Test

3. What is a Function? - Applying the Vertical Line Test

Equations come in all shapes and sizes. Trying to determine which equations are functions can be difficult. You can apply the vertical line test to a graph to quickly tell whether or not it is a function.

Multiplying Binomials Using FOIL and the Area Method

4. Multiplying Binomials Using FOIL and the Area Method

From the distributive property, to FOIL, to the area model, to happy faces and claws, there are many different ways to learn how to multiply binomials. In this lesson, you'll learn how to use all of them and get to pick which one you like the most.

How to Factor Quadratic Equations: FOIL in Reverse

5. How to Factor Quadratic Equations: FOIL in Reverse

So, you know how to multiply binomials with the FOIL method, but can you do it backwards? That's exactly what factoring is, and it can be pretty tricky. Check out this lesson to learn a method that will allow you to factor quadratic trinomials with a leading coefficient of 1.

Factoring Quadratic Equations: Polynomial Problems with a Non-1 Leading Coefficient

6. Factoring Quadratic Equations: Polynomial Problems with a Non-1 Leading Coefficient

Once you get good at factoring quadratics with 1x squared in the front of the expression, it's time to try ones with numbers other than 1. It will be the same general idea, but there are a few extra steps to learn. Do that here!

How to Complete the Square

7. How to Complete the Square

Completing the square can help you learn where the maximum or minimum of a parabola is. If you're running a business and trying to make some money, it might be a good idea to know how to do this! Find out what I'm talking about here.

Completing the Square Practice Problems

8. Completing the Square Practice Problems

Completing the square is one of the most confusing things you'll be asked to do in an algebra class. Once you get the general idea, it's best to get in there and actually do a few practice problems to make sure you understand the process. Do that here!

How to Solve a Quadratic Equation by Factoring

9. How to Solve a Quadratic Equation by Factoring

If your favorite video game, 'Furious Fowls,' gave you the quadratic equation for each shot you made, would you be able to solve the equation to make sure every one hit its target? If not, you will after watching this video!

How to Use the Quadratic Formula to Solve a Quadratic Equation

10. How to Use the Quadratic Formula to Solve a Quadratic Equation

When solving a quadratic equation by factoring doesn't work, the quadratic formula is here to save the day. Learn what it is and how to use it in this lesson.

How to Solve Quadratics That Are Not in Standard Form

11. How to Solve Quadratics That Are Not in Standard Form

It isn't always the case that your equation will be set up nicely for you to solve. In this lesson, learn how to factor or use the quadratic formula to solve quadratic equations, even when they are not in standard form.

Graphing Circles: Identifying the Formula, Center and Radius

12. Graphing Circles: Identifying the Formula, Center and Radius

Discover how to graph circles by finding key information like the center and radius. Identify circles by simply looking at the formula, and vice versa.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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