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The Cross Country Race - Exploring Midpoint & Gradient

Published on 12/02/2013

Activity Overview

The aim of this activity is to use various methods to explore, develop and apply the concepts of midpoint and gradient with respect to the Cartesian plane and linear functions. The activity uses a Cross Country course as the basis for the midpoint and gradient calculations.

Objectives

The objectives of this investigation are to explore, develop and apply the concepts of midpoint and gradient.

Vocabulary

  • Midpoint
  • Gradient
  • Slope
  • Cartesian coordinates

About the Lesson

This activity will look at the meaning of the midpoint and gradient of a straight line. We will discover what the midpoint and gradient are and how they can be calculated.. The calculations are based on a Cross Country course. Students calculate the midpoints and gradients of the different legs of the course.