Pool Bounce
by Dan Meyer
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Act One
 Teacher noteHave students write their best estimate under the "Estimate" column on the first page of the handout found in Act Two.
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.)
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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.
Act Three
 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.
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Sequel
 Teacher noteAsk students to create their own pool shot and pass it to a classmate for solution.
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Which shots will go in a pocket?How many times will each shot hit the cushions?





If the ball keeps bouncing, how long until it returns to its original position?
















what are the angle measurements when the ball hits the side of the table?
























Why does the ball keep stopping when it hits the side of the pool table?























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