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More power to you for learning about horsepower. Groups conduct an experiment to determine their own horsepower. They measure the time it takes to run up a set of stairs, then use their weight and the height of the stairs to calculate horsepower. The activity is part of the Math at the Core MS: Ratios series.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Team up with a science teacher for the lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Activity requires a watch or timer, a ruler or yardstick, and scales
  • A set of stairs is necessary

  • Provides handouts for the lesson
  • Kinesthetic learners appreciate the physical nature of the activity

  • While the video explains what a horsepower is in foot-pounds per minute, it doesn't explain foot-pounds per minute
Common Core