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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Basketball Throw on Geometer's Sketchpad 5

I got sucked in to this basketball problem and now there's a follow-up. Really, Dan? What the heck, what are you making me? I'm a flippin' math workhorse now.

Anyway, from the first problem, I was inspired to create this file. Amber Smith actually helped me make it. Without her expertise, this file would not exist. Thanks, Amber! Enjoy the GSP5 file; it has a picture of the original basketball shot in the background of a coordinate plane. When you press Shoot the ball, the basketball will move along the curve set by the parameters a, b, and c that you input. Perhaps an assessment could be, "Does he make it?" or "Will your regression make it?" Share this file with your kids if you're at a 1-to-1. Good luck and happy shooting.

Geometer's Sketchpad 5: Basketball Throw

Now...moving onto the next basketball problem. Thanks, Dan..