A Piece of Pi

Develop a statistical approach to pi. Groups measure the circumference and diameter of several round objects. Using the measurements, teams create a scatter plot and find a line of best fit. Classmates then determine the slope of the line and relate it to the measurements plotted.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Lead a discussion on the importance of precision in measurement
Classroom Considerations

  • The class should know how to determine a line of best fit and how to find the slope of the line
  • Needs several round objects for each group
Pros

  • Includes a rubric to help assess the work
  • Provides a link to intervention on finding the slope of a line
Cons

  • None