Watching a home run arc through the air and into the crowd is a thing of beauty. But is it easier to hit home runs in some parks, and harder in others? After all, the left field wall in Fenway, for example, is more than four times taller than the wall in Yankee Stadium!
In this lesson, students find the roots and maxima of quadratic functions to model the trajectory of a potential home-run ball. They also come up with the equation of an “average” home run into left, and use that equation to explore whether some parks are friendlier towards hitters than others.