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ERIC Number: EJ902126
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5769
Bouncing Balls and Graphing Derivatives
Cory, Beth
Mathematics Teacher, v104 n3 p206-213 Oct 2010
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' (NCTM's) (2000) Connections Standard states that students should "recognize and use connections among mathematical ideas; understand how mathematical ideas interconnect ...; [and] recognize and apply mathematics in contexts outside of mathematics" (p. 354). This article presents an in-depth problem-solving activity that can enhance students' understanding of the connections between a function and its derivative and generate important connections between mathematics and physics. Using motion detectors, calculus, and physics, algebra and precalculus students create height-, velocity-, and acceleration-versus-time graphs of a bouncing ball. After constructing their own graphs, students can compare their solutions to those produced by the calculator. (Contains 12 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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