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Jenna McWilliams
Jenna McWilliams
(Bloomington - United States)

I studied creative writing and published some poems. Then I decided to  get all up in education's grill. I'm currently a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences program at Indiana  University.
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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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