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Laura Amatulli
Laura Amatulli
(Rochester Hills - United States)

<p>Teaching 8th grade in a middle school in suburban Detroit I have strong interests in Earth Science and leadership. &nbsp;I &nbsp;have been a teacher consultant for our local National Writing Project site, Meadow Brook Writing Project, which keeps me  ...

A Study of Malaria and Sickle Cell Anemia

This investigation of the genetics of the Sickle Cell trait via a mathematical model uses probability and teaches properties of quadratic functions and the concept of optimization of a function. The properties of quadratic functions brought out by this investigation are

-the relationship between the zeros of the function and its factors,

-the relationship between the zeros and the location of its vertex,

-the symmetry of its graph, and the location of its extreme point,

-factors of quadratics of the form ax^2 + bx

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