Ball Drop

This Ball Drop activity & project also includes:

Drop everything and use the resource. Scholars conduct an experiment to find how long it takes a basketball to drop to the floor from various heights. After creating a graph and modeling the data with a function, they estimate the time it would take the basketball to reach the ground if they drop it from the top of the school building.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • If possible, have learners drop a basketball from the top of the school building to test their predictions
  • Team up with a physical education teacher for the activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should be familiar with quadratic functions
  • An understanding of residuals and regression analysis is necessary
  • Note that the resource references a different activity, The Wave
Pros

  • Includes a list of questions to use in discussion
  • Provides a student worksheet for the activity
Cons

  • None