Quadratic Graphs = Art in LNHS Algebra 2 Courses

Posted by Tara Harvey on 1/9/2023 10:00:00 AM

Guest Blogger: Sara Langford

In LNHS traditional Algebra 2 classes, students use their knowledge of quadratic function graphs to create a personal piece of art as a culminating project. Combining the knowledge of how to change the parameters of quadratic equations and using the online Desmos graphing site, students place parabolic curves first on computer screens, then on art paper and create their works of art.


Brayden Haney in Mr. Yoakum’s 1st hr recreated a famous work of art, the Great Wave of Kanagawa by Hokusai (pictured). Haney’s parabolas create the curves of the crashing waves and three boats braving the storm-tossed sea.


Savannah Diebold in Mrs. Burgener’s 3rd hr enjoyed the opportunity to create her own piece of art while also feeling the like assignment pushed her out of her comfort zone. She related, “I enjoyed that we got to choose what picture we could use and that it required us to use all the different ways of writing a quadratic.”