Downloadable simulation: Annotated quadratic polynomial (Mathematica)

Posted on August 23, 2010 by


Downloadable simulation that lets you see how a second degree polynomial (aka, quadratic) changes shape when you change the coefficients. Get a good feel for how the graph changes.

This Demonstration will also let you see where the zeros of the polynomial are.
Good experience for constant acceleration problems. The zero is when a body in free fall, say, crosses the origin of your coordinate system.


Mathematica is a program that let’s computers simulate complex mathematics using files calledMathematica notebooks. To run the simulation you must first download a Mathematica player(free!) and then download any notebooks you want to run.