Lesson Plan: Collecting Data on Running Speeds
SUBJECT: Technology
TOPIC: Data Gathering
DESCRIPTION: A set of problems dealing with data collection.
CONTRIBUTED BY: Carol Hodanbosi
EDITED BY: Jonathan G. Fairman  August 1996
Purpose:
To collect real data to input into a computer spreadsheet
Objective:
To collect data on running speeds of various individuals in your
class to determine the average running speed for a distance of 20
meters.
Materials:
 meter stick
 stop watch precise to the nearest 0.001 second
 20 meter in length flat area
Procedure:
 Using a meter stick, mark off a linear distance of 5 meters,
10 meters, and 15 meters on a flat surface, such as a playground,
parking lot or track.
 Have each student predict how long it will take to run each of
these distances. Have each student give reasons for their
predictions, explaining the difference between a hypothesis and a
guess.
 Have one student be the timekeeper at the finish line and
another student record each individual's time.
 Each student should run the distance at least 3 times for
accurate results.
 Fill in Chart A.
 Choosing the fastest speed for each distance, convert to miles
per hour.
 Record the times, speeds, and names of all the other
classmates and enter into a spreadsheet.
 Use the information in chart B to label the data headings.
 Use formulas within the spreadsheet to calculate average times
(rounded to the nearest 0.01 second) and average speed ( in both
meters/second and miles per hour)
 In the last line of the spreadsheet , include calculations to
average the entire class data.
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