Hybrid-Electric Vehicles vs Gasoline-Powered Vehicles

Develop a strategy to make an informed decision. Given a scenario to help a local company decide to buy hybrid or gasoline-powered vehicles, pupils work together to provide a solution. The groups use data of historical gasoline prices to create a scatter plot and predict the cost of gas during the next five years. Teammates also use performance information about specific vehicles to make a decision among the given cars. Groups finish by writing a letter to the company outlining the recommendation.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Extend the data to include more recent gas prices
  • Lead a discussion on other types of cars other than gasoline-powered
Classroom Considerations
  • Individuals should be familiar with plotting data on a scatter plot and finding a line of best fit
Pros
  • Provides letter templates for those that struggle
  • Includes guiding questions to ask as the lesson progresses
Cons
  • None