In this lesson, students measure and compare the rate of a falling object (a penny) at different heights to learn about statistical error.
Context for Use
Project EXTREMES lessons were intended to be stand alone lessons.
What Students Will Do
Students will be able to define and apply the statistical concepts of measurement, error, and outliers.
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Part 1 – Engagement & Exploration (15 minutes) Errors in Data Collection
Students collect and share data to explore the quality of their data and learn about error in data collection.
Part 2 – Explanation (15 minutes) Variation in Data Collection
Students continue the exploration of the concept of variation in data.
Part 3 – Elaboration & Evaluation (15 minutes) Penny Drop Data Analysis
Students decide on a method to analyze class data and explain why. They discuss the different types of error in data collection.