Mathematics

This post is similar to the group activity on page 259 of your text. In this post you will apply multiple skills learned throughout chapter 3 of the text. You will use the knowledge of forming ordered pairs, plotting ordered pairs on a rectangular coordinate system to form a line, finding slope given two points, and finding the equation of a line given a point and the slope. You will apply all of this knowledge to your measurements to find an equation that will approximate a person’s height given their forearm length.

  • Your group will consist of yourself and four other friends or family members (do not include classmates) for a total of 5 subjects. Do not use names, refer to them as subjects A, B, C, D and E (or similar).
  • For each subject, record the length of their forearm from elbow to wrist, record this number in inches and then show how to convert it to cm using 1 in = 2.54 cm, round to the tenths. This measurement will represent the subject’s x coordinate.
  • For each subject, record their height in feet and inches, then show how to convert this measurement to cm (1 ft = 12 in, then 1 in = 2.54 cm) round to the tenths. This measurement will represent the subject’s y coordinate.
  • Write each subjects’ x and y coordinates as ordered pairs, (x,y).
  • Plot all ordered pairs on a plane similar to that on page 259 but convert its axes measurements to cm.
  • Select two of the ordered pairs on your graph that seem to follow an upward trend and draw in a line connecting them.
  • Upload only the grid as an attachment to your post.
  • Using the two ordered pairs you selected, show us how to plug them into the slope formula m equals y sub 2 minus y sub 1 over x sub 2 minus x sub 1 to find the slope of your line.
  • Using one of the points that you chose and your slope, plug them into the point slope formula y minus y sub 1 equals m (x minus x sub 1) and solve for y to find the equation of your line in slope intercept form.
  • Using that equation, answer question 6 of the group activity on page 260 Be sure to show your calculations. Convert your answer to feet and inches.

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