Education Technology


Published on 04/21/2011

Activity Overview

In this activity, students will work with speeds in meters per second, and stopping distances in meters. An interactive page will evaluate problems for the student, and a spreadsheet will also perform the same calculations. With a collection of data values, the scatter plot reveals a relationship and a shape to the students. Finally, students are asked to perform the calculations and solve a radical equation themselves.

Key Steps

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    After an introduction/review of converting between miles per hour and meters per second, students will use an interactive page to calculate the speed of the car, given a stopping distance. 

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    Discuss the material from the activity pages and worksheet with students as needed.

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    Encourage students to summarize what they have learned from completing the activity. If desired, discuss the extension with students.