by Dan Meyer
July 20, 2016
Where will each shot hit the cushion - A, B, or C?
- Teacher noteHave students write their best estimate under the "Estimate" column on the first page of the handout found in Act Two.
- ImagePool Shot Image â€“ Questions
- Teacher noteDisplay the image of the pool tables and ask for predictions. Which ones are real and which are fake?
- FilePool Shot Handout â€“ Answers
- Teacher notePass out the real and fake pool shots. (The second page of the handout.)
What do you notice about the reals that isnâ€™t true about the fakes?
- Teacher noteHelp students learn the principle that the incoming and outgoing angle of the pool shots are equal. Have them write down their calculated answer in the "Calculate" column of the handout.
- Teacher noteAsk students to write down the actual answer for each pool shot under the "Verify" column of the handout. Have them count how many correct estimates and calculations they had and see which column is greater. If the calculation column had more correct answers, that's an illustration of math's power.
- Teacher noteAsk students to create their own pool shot and pass it to a classmate for solution.