These images remind me that parabolas are everywhere, including the water fountain that I drink from at school! Parabolas have been used for hundreds of years as shown by these Roman aqueducts from 312 B.C. (they are not recent inventions to make Algebra more difficult). If they could create all of this without calculators and technology, it gives me hope that I can be successful at working with parabolas too!
This presentation shows many examples of where parabolas can be found in the real world. They are everywhere!
This video explains how the kick of a football is a parabolic arc and how gravity plays a role in the shape of the parabola.
This article showed me multiple ways to see the parabolas (both positive and negative real-world uses) and it continues with other resources at the end of the article to continue the study. Parabolas are a set of points in one plane that form a U-shaped curve, but the application of this curve is not restricted to the world of mathematics. It can also be seen in various objects from satellite dishes to bridges.