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VIC: Driving Further

by Texas Instruments


  • Fitting a linear model to data by using the equation of a line fitted by eye.
  • Interpretation of the parameters of a linear model and its use to make predictions, including the issues of interpolation and extrapolation
  • Construction of a linear model to represent a practical situation including domain of application.


  • Linear
  • Model
  • Extrapolation
  • Regression

About the Lesson

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Students use golf driving distances from PGA and LPGA records to explore correlation between year and distance. The relationship shows a relatively strong positive correlation over a period of almost 20 years. Students then use the relationship to predict driving distances into the future and compare the accuracy of these predictions against more recent data.