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Will It Hit The Hoop?

by Dan Meyer


Act One

  • Dan Meyer

    Dan Meyer

    September 24, 2012

    Which basketball will go in the hoop?

  • Teacher note
    Make sure students write down a yes or a no for each basketball shot. If the answer is "no" have them predict why it won't go in. Will the ball be short, long, or something else entirely?

Act Two

  • Teacher note
    Your students will need these applets. They should attempt to model parabolas onto each of the paths of the ball to decide whether or not the ball goes in.

    Have them decide if they want to stick with their previous guesses or change them.
  • FileGeogebra Applets for Student Modeling

Act Three

  • Teacher note
    Show the answers to their predictions.
  • VideoAnswers


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