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Proportions, Systems of Equations - Batting Averages in Baseball

  1. Created by: by Alan Bass and Terrie Teegarden, San Diego Mesa College
2. Type of activity: lecture, small group problem solving (paper and pencil)

3. Course level: Beginning Algebra

4. Topic: Proportions, Systems of equations

5. Materials: calculators; the sports page for consecutive days - these can be supplied by the instructor in class or set as an outside activity.

6. Time required: 30-45 minutes (if the activity is completed in class)

7. Description: Using systems of equations, students will determine the missing components in the ratios used to determine batting average.

8. Implementation notes (follow up/discussion questions, pedagogical recommendations, etc.):

  • The amount of explanation necessary will depend on the student’s familiarity with the game of baseball.
  • Students can be asked to share their findings.
  • Take the students to a school baseball game and have them do the stats.
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