Basketball—It's a Tall Man's Sport, or Is It?

Does height make a difference with scoring? Using data of NBA players, pupils make a scatter plot of height and free throw percentage. They use technology to find a regression line and to calculate the correlation coefficient before interpreting the line and correlation coefficient in terms of the context.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Gather information that is personal to the class and determine the correlation coefficient
Classroom Considerations

  • The class should know how to plot points
  • Individuals need to understand linear equations and their parameters
Pros

  • Contains instructions on how to use the software to plot a line and calculate the correlation coefficient
  • Includes sample solutions for the independent practice and an answer key for the assessment
Cons

  • None
Common Core