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Footballs???
"y = ax(2) + bx + c," he said solemnly, before adding with a chuckle, "Just don't ask me about the rumors about the gerbils and the thousand pounds of Jello."
Woodies hint for this years game y = ax(2) + bx + c = parabola = A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone or by the locus of points equidistant from a fixed line and a fixed point not on the line. Would that be a football or just a U shape, I am horrible @ Math so ummm just let me know. Last edited by MattK : 12222002 at 04:49 PM. 
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A a parabola just a ushape. A football is more of an ellipse. An ellipse is um... the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane that's offset by an angle from being parallel with the base of the cone. There could be footballs moving in parabolas...

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It has been discussed to death now, but the major concensus (as I see it anyways) is that the game will involve "poof" footballs being shot/thrown/placed into baskets/goals/holes. This using the formula Y=AX^2 + BX + C to fly into the scoring area.

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In response to the first thing, "poof" also make A LOT of other things, soccer balls, foam rockets. I can't wait until my robot picks up and shoots foam airplanes Last edited by Stephen Kowski : 12222002 at 08:37 PM. 
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lotsa things looks like footballs ... btw
take sqrt(sinx) [0,pi] if want a real football looking shape try pi * S(sinx)dx 0,pi 
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A tad confused...
How does Stack Attack relate to the quadratic formula? I'm not seeing it.

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Re: A tad confused...
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The lines aren't parabolas, they're semicircles, with a radius of 4 feet.

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Point possibilities?
Maybe it's meant to be the graph of points scored with a certain number of boxes in the scoring area. Imagine the x axis is the percent of boxes on the carpet versus being in the tallest stack. When the number on the floor and the number in the stack are equal, the total (y axis) is greatest...

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This issue has come up and been put to rest a week ago. You can use the equation for optimizing score (or at least you used to be able to!):
http://www.chiefdelphi.com/forums/sh...ht=quadrat ic 
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