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Should Major League Baseball stadiums be standardized? Home runs are an exciting part of professional baseball. However, not all stadiums are created equally; some are harder to hit home runs in than others, which can have a big effect on pitchers and batters.

In this lesson, students use a quadratic function to model the trajectory of the average professional home run and debate whether Major League Baseball stadiums should all be designed the same.

Students will

  • Write and solve quadratic equations in a real-world context
  • Evaluate a quadratic function at given values
  • Sketch a quadratic function from an equation written in vertex form, and interpret the key features

Before you begin

Students should be comfortable graphing and interpreting the standard form of a quadratic equation.

Common Core Standards

Content Standards
Mathematical Practices