1. How long would it take to pass a ball down a line of 457 people?
2. The world's tallest man was 2.72 meters. How big should his foot have been?
It was fun to see the changes in the classes (3 of 'em.)
First period really got into it. They quickly arranged 10 people in the front of the room and passed the ball (which I conveniently had in my car... thank goodness for soccer practice last night!) down 5 times. Then they averaged their values, figured out their time/person, and multiplied to figure out 457 people. I think their final answer was something around 3 minutes, 23 seconds. And then as we moved on, 2 boys sat next to each other and passed the ball back and forth 457 times (yes, really). They were off the time by 2 seconds.
Third period took a different approach. They started with two boys about 5 feet away from each other throwing the ball back and forth 10 times. (Their interpretation of "pass".) Some of the other kids from the class intervened and decided they wanted more people in a line... they started out with 10 people in the room then asked if they could go in a hall. We ended up with 25 people in line passing the ball a variety of ways (hand to hand, rolling on the floor). Very funny to watch... and noisy, too. Sorry to my neighbors! After averaging all of the times they came up with something under 3 minutes.
Fifth period (Remember how boring they are? I'm still going with that.) was blah. A couple of kids were involved and had to drag others in to participate. Eventually we ended up with 22 people in a line in the hall passing a ball. In almost near silence. They did it a couple of times, were content with the results, and headed back to their desks. Wake me up when it's over, please. I forget their final time... I think I was sleeping.
(It was funny to me, though, that for the most part the kids were really concerned about getting the fastest time possible. The question mentions none of that.)
Again, a winner. I showed a picture of Robert Wadlow (the man who I was referring to) and gave the kids free rein.
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Third period ended up at about the same point (with fewer people contributing their values), got a much better equation, and a final value of 51 cm.
In fifth period not too many people were jumping up to measure (surprise!) and they were all boys of about the same height and footsize. We decided we needed some variance (but they were determined to stick with people of the male persuasion) so we sent a couple of girls down to a freshman health class to grab a couple of little freshman boys. Very funny. The data ended up kinda crazy and they ended up with a 43.74 cm foot.
(In case you're wondering, I found some information saying that he wore a size 43AA shoe, which we looked up and determined that was about 49 cm.)