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Thinkport | Basketball and Functional Relationships

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March Madness is in full effect! So what do math and sports have in common? Draw out some lessons from this basketball-frenzied time of year with this lesson from Maryland Public Television.

Students will watch three demonstrations that highlight the functional relationships between a ball’s height and distance traveled. In the accompanying classroom activity, they create graphs to show the trajectory of a basketball as players pass it in different ways – with a linear chest pass, a U-shaped (parabolic) pass and a V-shaped bounce pass. They then interpret a set of basketball-related graphs. WATCH:


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