The Fall of Javert

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Falling off a bridge might not sound like your idea of a good math problem, but incorporating the final scene of Les Misérables is sure to spark interest. The goal is to use the time Javert fell off the bridge to determine how high he was standing. During the lesson, high schoolers develop models, determine the speed of his fall, and ultimately discuss whether he could have survived the fall. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use as a cross curricular lesson regarding the French Revolution or Les Misérables
  • The included extension activities provide additional practice on the topic
Classroom Considerations
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  • Learners should be familiar with linear and non-lineal functions
  • Graphing a line is a necessary skill for the activity
  • Provides an interesting and modern way to learn about the rate of change and how it applies to a graphical model
  • Comes with downloadable links to a lesson guide, student worksheet, and extension activities
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