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Which Model Models Best?

Estimated Time: 45 - 60 minutes

Lesson Objectives:

  • Students will gather and analyze data to determine a model of best fit.
  • Students will apply their understanding of residuals and behaviors of functions to justify the model.

Resources for this lesson:

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Key Common Core State Standards:

S.ID.6 Represent data on two quantitative variables on a scatter plot and describe how the variables are related.

  1. Fit a function to the data; use functions fitted to data to solve problems in the context of the data.

Supporting Common Core State Standards:

F.IF.4 For a function that models a relationship between two quantities, interpret key features of graphs and tables in terms of the quantities, and sketch graphs showing key features given a verbal description of the relationship. 

F.IF.7 Graph functions expressed symbolically and show key features of the graph, by hand in simple cases and using technology for more complicated cases.

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