year the New York City Marathon attracts thousands of the world's
top runners. In 2003 there were two runners who stood out for two
very different reasons. Martin Lel of Kenya won the race with a
time of 2 hours, ten minutes, and 30 seconds. Sean Combs (better
known to fans as "Puff Daddy", "P. Diddy", and
now "Diddy") came in 11,372nd with a total time of 4 hours,
14 minutes, and 52 seconds. That's not half bad when you consider
there were 35,000 people in the race!
Rapper" is a mini-unit on the mathematical concept of slope.
In this unit you will take the role of a marathon runner preparing
for a race. After completing this unit you will be able to define
slope, find slope, and read/interpret the slopes of distance vs.
Please work through
the unit by completing each section on the navigation bar in order.
You will begin training in part 1 by building you skills as you
master the definitions and methods of finding slopes. In part 2
you will take your first practice run as you complete a set of problems
related to slope that will prepare you for the race. In part 3 you
are ready for the race. Here you will collect data from both Martin
Lel and P. Diddy, then you will calculate your own running rate
and compare your outcomes. Finally, in part four you will review
your experience and take a quiz.
Note: This activity
is designed to take at least 3 hours to finished and is not intended
to be completed in one sitting.
resources section contains lesson plans
and iother information on the development and audience of this unit.
This unit was
created as a project for EME 5207, Technology Rich Curricula at
the University of Florida.