Information - Linear Modeling - Barbie Bungee Jump
The project has students create their own data and graph it and then choose a reasonable line, which represents their data. The data comes from measurement of how far a Barbie doll bungee jumps, using rubber bands and a tape measure. From there, they find the equation of their line (this will be unique for each group since each will be working with a different Barbie doll) and answer questions related to their doll’s bungee jumping habits using their equation.
Mathematics > General Mathematics > Algebra
intermediate algebra; data collection; linear model; prediction
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In-Class Group Activity
Time required: 60+ minutes
Linear Modeling (Collect data, Create a linear model to represent data, Use a linear model to make predictions)
Prerequisites: Plotting points, Finding the equation of a line
Material (for each group): Barbie Bungee Worksheet, Barbie doll, tape measure, adhesive tape (e.g., 3M Scotch tape), bag of same-sized rubber bands, graphing calculator, pencil, paper, and straight edge.
This project is excellent when you have completed the chapter on lines. It has students create their own data and graph it and then choose a reasonable line, which represents their data. From there, they find the equation of their line (this will be unique for each group since each will be working with a different Barbie Doll) and answer questions related to the bungee jumping habits of their doll using the equation.
This description and the attached resources was excerpted from Susan Working's page of Dev Math activities, http://www.grossmont.edu/susanworking/Projects%20and%20Activities/projects_and_activities.htm