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Investigating Liner Equations Using Graphing Calculator

Activity 5 Real-World Application Pledge Plans

Objectives:
• Apply the concept of linear equations solve real-world problem
• Use a table to organize information
• Make a graph to display data using heading, labels, and scales
• Use a graphing calculator to see if the graph is correct
• Recognize the relationship among the tables, the graph, the equation, and the
slope of the line
• Identify the y-intercept from a graph or a table

school. They are participating in a 10-Kilometer walk-a-thon and need to decide
on a plan for sponsors to pledge money for the walk-a-thon. Chris thinks that
\$1.50 per kilometer would be an appropriate pledge. Natalie suggests \$2.50 per
kilometer because it would bring in more money. Grace says that if they ask for
too much money, people won’t agree to be sponsors; she suggests that they
ask for a donation of \$4.00 and then \$0.75 per kilometer.

1. Fill in the table below showing the amount of money a sponsor would owe under
each of the pledge plans. The dollar amounts for 0 Km and 1 Km are filled in as
examples.

 Distance 1-10km Money Owed (Dollars) Chris Natalie Grace 0 0.00 0.00 4.00 1 1.50 2.50 4.75 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Use the grid below to answer question #2.

2. On the same coordinate grid, make a graph for each of the three pledge plans.
Use a line to connect the points. Remember to give your graph a title, label your
axes, and show the scale on each axis. 3. Use graphing calculator to check your graph.

Suggested Window
Xmin = 0
Xmax = 10
Xscl = 1
Ymin = 0
Ymax = 25

4. For each of the three plans, describe in your own words, the relationship between
the money earned and the distance walked.

5. Write an equation that can be used to compute the money owed under each
pledge plan. Use M to represent the money owed and d to represent the distance
the student walks.

6. State the slope and the y-intercept for each of the above equations.

7. Describe how increasing the amount of the pledge per kilometer affects the table,
the graph, and the equations.

8. Does the amount of the pledge per kilometer in question #7 relate to the slope of
the line? How does it relate? Explain.

9. Describe what is different about Grace’s plan. What happens in the table, the
graph, and the equation when Grace’s plan is introduced?

Challenge:
10. Write your own pledge plan and sketch its graph. Make your own axes and show
the labels and scale. Use the graphing calculator to check your graph.

Activity 6 Scatter Plot and Line of best Fit

Objectives:
• Using the graphing calculator, graph a scatter plot of two related variables.
• Graph the” line of best fit”.
• Interpolate and extrapolate points in your data.

Collect data of the height (in inches) and the weight (in pounds) of each
member in your family. Make a table of your data and bring it to math class (At
least 8 entries).

1. Make a scatter plot of your data on a grid paper. Remember to show a title, label
and scale on each axis. Draw the line of best fit.
2. Use the graphing calculator and graph the scatter plot for your data.
3. Follow the graphing calculator manual or your teacher’s instruction to show the line
of best fit on your calculator’s screen.
4. Compare the graph of the calculator with your graph on the grid paper. Are they the
same? ________. Are they different? Why? ____________________________
5. Use the “trace” feature and the line of best fit to interpolate and extrapolate the
weight and height of an absent (or a virtual) family member. Examples of what you
need to find are explained below.

Interpolate:
What would be the weight of a family member whose height is in between the
shortest and the tallest of your family? (The point is somewhere inside your data)

Extrapolate:
What would be the weight of a family member whose height is shorter than the
shortest, or taller than the tallest family member? (The point is somewhere

6. Use the “linear regression” feature of the graphing calculator to find the slope and yintercept
of the line of best fit.
7. Write the equation of the line of best fit. _______________________________

Challenge:
Show on a piece of paper, how you would use the slope and y-intercept of the line of
best fit to interpolate and extrapolate the height and weight of the two virtual family
members in question #4. Did you get the same result?

 Criteria Points 4 3 2 1 Assignment Completeness All items attempted. 90% of items attempted. At least 50% of all items attempted. Less than 50% of all items attempted. ____ Accuracy All items are correct. 90% of items are correct. Between 50% and 90% of items are correct. Less than 50% of all items are correct. ____ Graph Neatness All sketches / graphs are neatly drawn. All lines are straight, and all axes are labeled with correct scale showing. 90% of graphs are neatly drawn, with straight lines, labeled axes and correct scale showing. At least 50% of graphs are neatly drawn, with straight lines, labeled axes and correct scale showing. Less than 50% of graphs are neatly drawn, with straight lines, labeled axes and correct scale showing. ____ Demonstrated Knowledge Shows complete understanding of the questions, mathematical ideas, and processes. Shows substantial understanding of the problem, ideas, and processes. Response shows some understanding of the problem. shows a complete lack of understanding for the problem ____ Requirements Goes beyond the requirements of the problem. Meets the requirements of the problem. the problem. Does not meet the requirements of the problem. ____ Legibility Legible handwriting, typing or printing. Marginally legible handwriting, typing, or printing. Writing is not legible in places. Writing is not legible. ____ Total -->"