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Bouncing Ball Activity

Goal: To determine how the height of a balls bounce if related to the height from which it is dropped.

Materials: rubber ball, meter stick

Procedure: Drop a ball and measure the height of the first bounce. To minimize experimental error,
drop from the same height 3 times, and use the average bounce height as the data value. Repeat
using different heights.

Burning Candle Activity

Goal: To determine the relationship between the time a candle burns and the height of the candle.

Materials: a birthday candle (secured to a base), a lighter, a ruler, a second timer

Procedure: Secure the candle on the base by melting it a little bit and measure the candle before
lighting it for the first time. Light the candle and let it burn for 30 seconds; measure the height and
record it. Repeat this 5 times.

Marbles in Water Activity

Goal: To determine the relationship between the number of marbles in a container of water and the
height of the water.

Materials: container with water, marbles

Procedure: Fill the container with 40 mL of water. Drop one marble at a time into the container of
water and measure the new height of the water. Repeat this 9 times.

Weights and Uncooked Spaghetti Activity

Goal: To see how many pieces a spaghetti it takes to support a cup of marbles.

Materials: cup with a hook attached, spaghetti, marbles

Procedure: Place the hook on a piece of uncooked spaghetti held by someone. Drop in one marble
at a time until the spaghetti breaks. Repeat with two pieces of spaghetti, and so on. (number of
pieces of spaghetti is ind. var. and number of marbles in dep. var.)

Data Collection Sheet
Linear Data

Goal: To find the linear relationship of a set of data and use the equation of the line of best fit to
interpolate and extrapolate values.

Title of experiment: ___________________________________

Write a brief description of your experiment (What are you going to do to collect your data?):

Draw a diagram of your experiment (What will the setup of your experiment look like?:

Independent variable___________________ Units____________

Dependent variable____________________ Units ____________

independent variable
Trial 1 Trial 2 Trial 3

Average (dep)

Data to be graphed (Use the average measurements) :

Equation of the line of best fit (by hand) ________________________

Equation of the line of best fit (calculator)______________________


Real-life meaning__________________________________________


Real-life meaning__________________________________________

Interpolation (Choose a value within your data range and substitute for the independent variable in
your equation):

Extrapolation (Choose a value outside of your data range and substitute for the independent variable
in your equation):

Write a word problem that requires solving for the independent variable.

How to get Equation of Best Fit with Graphing Calculator

Clearing Calculators:

1. Press y = key and make sure there are no equations entered. If there are, press clear on each

Entering Data:

1. Press STAT key.

2. Press 1 to enter data. Press clear for both columns if there is any data. Enter your data in the
table; x goes under L1 and y goes under L2. Enter your first x-value and hit enter. Do this until you
are finished entering your x-values. When you are finished with your x-values, hit the right arrow key
and do the same thing with your y-values.

3. Press GRAPH to see your scatter plot. The graph you did by hand should look like this.

Getting the Equation of Best Fit:

1. Press STAT key.

2. Hit right arrow key and scroll over to CALC.

3. Press 0 for ExpReg.

4. Press ENTER . This is your line of best fitthe a is your base and the b is your exponent.