Thanks to Fawn Nguyen for this lesson idea. Her original blog post on this lesson is here. I did this lesson with my Grade 9 applied class and it went over great!!


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What did you wonder? ….. How much the car was pulled back to make it go 117 inches?

Here’s what we did to help answer that.

Everybody got a car.


Then we set up tape measures on the ground….


We made trial runs with out cars and recorded our results on a handout.

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We graphed our data in Desmos and fitted a function to model.

Use the following pre-made Desmos page… https://www.desmos.com/calculator/f6pjwnqhux



Students had to interpolate the data to estimate how far to pull the car back to make it go 117 inches.