Nonlinear Motion

Investigate nonlinear motion through an analysis using the Pythagorean Theorem. Pupils combine their algebraic and geometric skills in the 24th lesson of this 25-part module. Using the Pythagorean Theorem, scholars collect data on the rate a ladder slides down a wall. Their analysis shows a nonlinear pattern as they see the average rate of change between intervals is not constant.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Incorporate as an extension for your upper-level learners
  • Bring in a small ladder to use for demonstration
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a strong understanding of applying the Pythagorean Theorem and analysis of bivariate data

  • Provides a detailed teacher guide that includes questioning suggestions 
  • Includes both an opening and closing exercise

  • None
Common Core