Nonlinear Models in a Data Context

How well does your garden grow? Model the growth of dahlias with nonlinear functions. In the instructional activity, scholars build on their understanding of mathematical models with nonlinear models. They look at dahlias growing in compost and non-compost beds before analyzing the speeds of cars in relation to skid marks. The resource is the 13th part of the 16-module series.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the resource as an optional extension activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Emphasis is on conceptual understanding
  • Note that the Common Core does not cover nonlinear curve-fitting at the eighth-grade level
Pros

  • Professional-looking graphs
  • Includes scaffolding tips throughout the lesson
Cons

  • None
Common Core