The applet on this page is designed to guide students through an exploration that models the rectangular cross sectional area of a gutter as a function of the gutter height when the dimensions of the rectangle are varied. It would fit naturally in an algebra course as a supplemental activity to a unit on quadratic functions, or in a more advanced course as an illustration of mathematical modeling.
SUPPORTING MATERIAL PROVIDED
The applet is built using Java 1.4.2, and an appropriate browser plugin (the Runtime Environment is fine) might have to be installed before the applet will work.
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