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Bouncing Ball Activity - Math & Science in Motion

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

This activity serves as a follow-up to Activity 8 in the Explorations book, Math and Science in Motion: Activities for Middle School by Chris Brueningsen, Elisa Brueningsen, and Bill Bower (Texas Instruments Incorporated, 1997).

Before the Activity

In this activity, students analyze the decay of the bounce height of a bouncing ball, given different elasticity constants and drop heights. Have students complete Activity 8 from the EXPLORATIONS book first.

During the Activity

The attached LearningCheck(TM) appvar and resource files extend concepts from the activity above. These files can be sent to your class using TI-Navigator.

After the Activity

Review student answers:

  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary