#### Type:

Lesson Plan, Manual

#### Description:

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is fast…very fast. He’s also tall…very tall. At 1.96 meters (6’5”), Bolt towers over his competition. So does this give him an unfair advantage, and what would happen if instead of everyone running the same distance, Olympic sprinters ran distances based on their heights?In this lesson students use proportions to determine what would happen if Olympic races were organized differently. Would Bolt still win? If sports like boxing and wrestling have weight classes, should track have height classes?

#### Subjects:

• Mathematics > General
• Mathematics > Applied Mathematics
• Mathematics > Arithmetic
• Mathematics > Equations
• Mathematics > Estimation
• Mathematics > Number Sense & Operations
• Mathematics > Patterns
• Mathematics > Problem Solving

#### Keywords:

proportion proporational ratio calculate adjusted distance times rate scatterplot data math real-world problem solving applications critical thinking track sprinter runner running Common Core State Standards CCSS

English

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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2011-10-14.

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Technical Completeness: 3
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Appropriate Pedagogy: 3