Education Technology

The Need for Speed

Published on 08/23/2010

Activity Overview

Students run a radio-controlled car at several different weights, recording the time of each run. They will calculate the speed for each run and use graphs to determine the relationship between speed, time, and weight.

Key Steps

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    Students record the time it takes a remote controlled car to go a specific distance increasing the weight of the car for each run. They will then calculate average times and speed for each run.

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    Students create a scatter plot of time vs weight and speed vs weight. As an extension, they can calculate the trend line and view it with the scatter plot.