# Interpret Quadratic Functions Word Problems Worksheet

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Interpreting quadratic functions involves understanding word problems that feature quadratic expressions. This process requires grasping the significance of these expressions in real-world contexts, identifying key details, and interpreting the components of the quadratic expressions. In these worksheets, students will analyze parts of quadratic expressions.

Example: What does $$3.9t^2$$ represent in the height model $$22 - 3.9t^2$$ for a water droplet falling over time $$t$$?

Algebra 2

## How Will This Worksheet on “Interpret Quadratic Functions Word Problems” Benefit Your Students' Learning?

• It enhances understanding of how the quadratic term, linear term, and constant term each influence the function's behavior.
• It also strengthens critical thinking skills, as students must employ various strategies to interpret these terms.
• Highlights the significance and practical applications of quadratic functions in real-world situations.

## How to Interpret Quadratic Functions Word Problems?

• Examine the provided quadratic expression and recognize the function of each component: the quadratic term $$ax^2$$, the linear term $$bx$$, and the Understand how each part of the expression contributes to the overall function.
• Relate the terms to the context of the given real-world problem to understand what each term represents constant term $$c$$.
• Assess the given components and identify the expression that best describes each one.

## Solved Example

Q. Levi kicks a soccer ball up into the air with an initial upward velocity of $14.7$ meters per second. Therefore, the ball's height above the ground in meters, $t$ seconds after it is kicked, can be modeled by the expression $-4.9t^2 + 14.7t$. This expression can be written in factored form as $-4.9t(t - 3)$. $\newline$What does the number $3$ represent in the expression? $\newline$(A)the height in meters of the ball when it is kicked $\newline$(B)the time in seconds from when the ball is kicked until it hits the ground $\newline$(C)the time in seconds from when the ball is kicked until it reaches its highest point $\newline$(D)the height in meters of the ball when it reaches its highest point
Solution:
1. Expression Analysis: The expression for the ball's height is $-4.9t(t - 3)$. To understand what the number $3$ represents, let's look at the factored form of the quadratic equation.
2. Factored Form: The factored form indicates the roots of the equation, which are the values of $t$ where the height is zero. The roots are $t = 0$ and $t = 3$.
3. Root Interpretation: The root $t = 0$ represents the time when the ball is kicked. The root $t = 3$ represents another point in time when the height of the ball is zero, which is when the ball hits the ground.
4. Vertex Calculation: Since the ball starts at ground level and returns to ground level, the highest point will be exactly in the middle of the time interval between the two roots. This is the vertex of the parabola, which occurs at $t = \frac{3}{2}$ or $1.5$ seconds.
5. Significance of $3$: However, the question asks what the number $3$ represents. Since $3$ is the time when the ball hits the ground, it is not the time it takes to reach the highest point. The number $3$ represents the total time the ball is in the air before it hits the ground.

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