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Transfer Task #1: PUTTING THE FUN IN FUNCTIONS

Implementation note:
Students must be given the transfer task & rubric*
at the beginning of the unit. They need to know how
they will be assessed and what they are working
towards.

Criteria:
Each student will:

collect data and represent their relationship as ordered pairs, table of values,
words and create a graph.
differentiate between discrete and continuous data.
make conclusions from the data.
analyze their data based on dependent and independent, domain and range,
interpolation and extrapolation, and linear and non-linear

*When work is judged to be limited or insufficient, the teacher makes decisions about appropriate
intervention to help the student improve.

Teacher Notes for Transfer Task #1: Putting the Fun in Functions
Five experiments based on linear relationships are provided as choices. Feel free to
add others. If you wish to add a non-linear task, you could give students a small
weight tied to a string and have them time the swing of the pendulum through ten full
swings.
You may choose one, all, or a few of the experiments, based on the resources you
have. You may also choose how prescriptive you would like the experiments to be
(e.g. the height of the ramp for the toy car).
This is a nice introduction to the Linear Relations unit
Allow the students to pick their own experiment, record their data and use this data to
answer questions on the accompanying sheets. The experiment choices include:
1. Making Waves (5-25 students required) How long would it take for 100
students standing in a row to complete a wave like the ones done at football
games? Experiment with different numbers of students from 5 to 25. Can the
relationship predict how many students it would take for a given wave time?
2. Toy Car How far will a toy car roll off a ramp, based on the height of the
ramp?
3. Dominoes What is the relationship between the number of dominoes in a row
and the time required for them to fall over? (Use multiples of 100 dominoes.)
4. Paper Airplane How is the flight time of a paper airplane affected by the
number of paper clips attached to the nose of the plane?
5. Paper Towel If coloured water is dropped on a paper towel, what is the
relationship between the number of drops and the diameter of the spot? Is the
relationship different for different brands of towels?

Extension:
Advanced students may try to come
up with an equation for their data.

Implementation note:
Teachers need to constantly ask: what
performances & products will reveal evidence of
understanding?
What other evidence will be collected to reflect
the desired results?

Putting the Fun in Functions


Student Assessment Task
You are being interviewed by the advertising company, Ad-Ventures, for a summer
job. As part of the application process, you must conduct an experiment and collect
data to prove that you have good organizational and data analysis skills. You really
need this job because you want to backpack through Europe next year, and this job
will be the difference between hostels and five-star hotels.

Product/Performance:
Choose the experiment you would like to conduct. Your hiring committee (teacher) will
give you a variety of choices. You must complete all eight parts of the application
before you can be considered for the job.
Experiment #1: Data for the new Edmonton arena Human Wave How long would
it take for 100 students standing in a row to complete a wave like the ones done at
football games? Experiment with different numbers of students from five to 25. Can
the relationship predict how many students it would take for a given wave time?
Experiment #2: Data for Toyz-R-Us How far will a Matchbox or other toy car roll off
a ramp, based on the height of the ramp?
Experiment #3: Data for NASsA How is the flight time of a paper airplane affected
by the number of paper clips attached to the nose of the plane?
Experiment #4: Data for a new Dominant Ybox game What is the relationship
between the number of dominoes in a row and the time required for them to fall over?
(Use multiples of 100 dominoes.)
Experiment #5: Data for new County towels If coloured water is dropped on a
paper towel, what is the relationship between the number of drops and the diameter of
the spot? Is the relationship different for different brands of towels?

Name:_______________________

Date:_____________________

Chosen experiment:________________________________________________________________________________________

#1

#2

Put your data in the table.


Label each column.
x-value

y-value

List ordered pairs here.


List the ordered pairs

__________ __________

What is the independent variable?


What is the dependent variable?

#3

#4

#5

Is this data discrete or


continuous? How do you
know?

What is the domain of your data?


What is the range? Does this
relationship continue beyond
your data?

Describe the relationship between


the dependent and independent
variables? Be as specific as
possible.

Domain:____________________

Discrete or Continuous
(circle one)
__________________________
__________________________
__________________________
__________________________
__________________________

Range:_____________________
___________________________
___________________________
___________________________

___________________________
___________________________
___________________________
___________________________
___________________________
___________________________
___________________________

#6

#7

#8

Is this relation a function? Is it


linear or non-linear?

Choose an x-value not in your


chart and make a prediction?

From your data explain the


meaning of f (10) .

Interpolated x-value:__________
Relation or Function?
(circle one)
Linear or Non-linear?
(circle one)

Predicted y-value: ___________


Extrapolated x-value: _________
Predicted y-value:____________

f (10) ______________________

___________________________
___________________________
___________________________
_

Teacher Sample Key (possible solution based on fictional data)

Name:___Johnny and Susie_

Date:___September 2010____

Chosen experiment:_______Wave___________________________________________________________________________
#1

#2

Put your data in the table.


Label each column.
y-value

WAVE

Listthe
ordered
pairs
here.
List
ordered
pairs

Number of
people
5

Time
2.4

(5, 2.4)

10

4.0

(10, 4.0)

15

5.9

(15, 5.9)

20

8.5

25

10.1

.. .

30

11.8

Etc.

35

13.5

40

15.1

45

16.7

50

18.3

55

19.9

Time

x-value

What is the independent variable? Number of people


What is the dependent variable? Time

x
Number of People

#3

#4

#5

Is this data discrete or


continuous? How do you
know?

What is the domain of your data?


What is the range? Does this
relationship continue beyond
your data?

Describe the relationship between


the dependent and independent
variables? Be as specific as
possible.

Domain:{5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,
45,50,55}___________________
Range:{2.4,4.0,5.9,8.5,10.1,11.8,
13.5,15.1,16.7,18.3,19.9}
______Yes__________________
___________________________

For every five new people you__


add, the time goes up by_______
approximately 1.6 seconds_____
___________________________
___________________________
___________________________
__________________________

#7

#8

Choose an x-value not in your


chart and make a prediction?

From your data explain the


meaning of f (10) .

Discrete or Continuous
(circle one)
__People are natural numbers.
You cannot have 5.4 people.___
__________________________
__________________________
__________________________
__________________________
#6
__________________________
Is this relation a function? Is it
linear or non-linear?

Interpolated x-value:_12_
Relation or Function?
(circle one)
Linear or Non-linear?
(circle one)

Predicted y-value: _5 _
Extrapolated x-value: _100_
Predicted y-value:_40_

f (10) __It will take 4 seconds for

10 people to complete the wave!


___________________________
___________________________

Mathematics 10C

Relations and Functions

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