Lighting the Olympic Torch

The 2020 Olympic Torch was lit in Olympia, Greece on March 12, 2020.  Because of the world-wide pandemic, the relay was paused and the lit Torch was safe-guarded during the pause.  On March 25, 2021 the Torch relay was again resumed and traveled throughout Japan on its trip to the Olympic games opening ceremony. The Torch is now in Tokyo and on July 23 it was carried to light the Olympic Cauldron at the Opening Ceremonies.

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How is she doing that?

Describe what you see.


Our animation is simpler than trying to demonstrate the reflections of a parabolic mirror.  Let your students study the sunlight reflections and hypothesize why the focus of the mirror gets so very hot.

This activity might be used for students who are not yet ready for the study of parabolas.  Or extend this lesson and model to the study of parabolas and the parabola's focus.

lighting-torch2016.pdf

CCSS: 4.G.1, 4.G.3, 7.G.2

For members we have an editable Word doc and solutions.

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