This activity provides students with extra practice thinking about data presented in tables and graphs and what that data looks like in action.
1.5 — Motion: Data Match (Optional)
The Playground Physics app is not required for this lesson.
Expected Activity Time
- Total Activity Time: 40 minutes
- Introduce: 10 minutes
- Activity: 20 minutes
- Discussion: 10 minutes
Total Extension Time (optional): 45 minutes
- Record a Video: 45 minutes
Materials and Prep
- Worksheet: Motion: Data Match
- iPad with the Playground Physics app (optional)
Introduction: 10 minutes
- Tell students that they have been looking at the data and graphs that the app creates but that today they are going to think about it in a different way.
- Show students the table in the worksheet and tell them that they are going to color in the different columns to make it easier to think about the data and reference it to answer the questions. Provide each student with four crayons (red, yellow, green and blue). Have students color the “Time” column blue, the “Total Distance Traveled” column green, the “Horizontal Instantaneous Speed” column yellow, and the “Current Direction” column red.
- Point out to students that each column has the units for the data and remind them that they should include units in their answers.
- Tell students that some of the questions on the worksheet ask them to determine the velocity for Nikki’s motion. Ask students what data on the table they will use to determine Nikki’s velocity. Come to a consensus as a class that they will need to include both the horizontal instantaneous speed and current direction.
Activity: 20 minutes
- Have students work in pairs to answer the questions on the worksheet and create a graph of the data.
Discussion: 10 minutes
- As a class go over the answers to questions one
- Have students share their ideas for what type of activity they think Nikki was doing and why they think that. Encourage students to use evidence from the table and graph to support their claims.
- Share with students that Nikki was playing basketball with a friend.
Record a Video (45 minutes)
- Have students make a video doing the activity that they thought Nikki was doing. See which group can get closest to recreating the data.
Answer Key: Interpreting Tables
- 21.9 meters
- 50 seconds
- 2.9 meters per second
- 0.7 meters per second →
- 0.6 meters per second →
- 25 seconds
- Between 5 and 10 seconds
- Between 10 and 15 seconds
- 4. 8 meters
- 1.3 meters per second
- 45 seconds
Answer Key: Graphing Speed
Students’ answers will vary. The actual data was taken from a video of two students playing basketball on a half court.
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