Math in Fencing: Distance as a Variable

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Out lunge the opponent. Fencing uses math in determining distances between opponents. An installment of the Math at the Core: Ratios series shows how to use variables to write an expression to show the distance a fencer must cover to score a point. Pupils determine their lunge distances and write ratios to compare different distances involved in the sport of fencing.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Find an image of a lunge, so all class members use the same technique
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires yardsticks and measuring tapes for each group
  • Individuals must be able to subtract distances measured in feet and inches
Pros

  • Contains time suggestions for each part of the activity
  • Includes examples of acceptable answers for open-ended questions
Cons

  • None