This middle school activity blends a motion sensor lab with a digital "SmartGraph" tool to help learners understand how forward, fast, and slow motions look on a graph of Position vs. Time. The activity requires a Vernier Go! motion device, which provides inputs to the SmartGraph interface via a USB connection. First, learners record their own movements back and forth, at varying speeds. With hints from the interactive SmartGraph, students explore how the motion appears on a Position vs. Time graph, then work to analyze what they see on the screen. This item is part of the Concord Consortium, a nonprofit research and development organization dedicated to transforming education through technology.


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CCSS.Math.Practice.MP2: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

CCSS.Math.Practice.MP5: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Use appropriate tools strategically.

CCSS.Math.Content.8.EE.B: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations.

CCSS.Math.Content.8.EE.B.5: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Graph proportional relationships, interpreting the unit rate as the slope of the graph. Compare two different proportional relationships represented in different ways.

CCSS.Math.Content.8.F.B: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Use functions to model relationships between quantities.

CCSS.Math.Content.8.F.B.5: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Describe qualitatively the functional relationship between two quantities by analyzing a graph (e.g., where the function is increasing or decreasing, linear or nonlinear). Sketch a graph that exhibits the qualitative features of a function that has been described verbally.
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