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The Waiting Game

How many people should you date before you settle down? Students use modeling with probability distributions to come up with a rule to try to maximize their relationship happiness.

Topic: Conditional Probability and the Rules of Probability (CP), Making Inferences and Justifying Conclusions (IC)
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Sell Out

How much should theaters charge for movie tickets? Students figure out how much money theaters could make by charging different ticket prices, and come up with strategies theaters could u

Topic: Geometry (G)
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The Reel Deal

How has the length of popular movies changed over time? Students use scatterplots to examine linear and nonlinear patterns in data and make predictions about the future.

Topic: Statistics and Probability (SP)
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Bracketology

What are the odds of creating the best March Madness bracket? Students use probability to discover that it’s basically impossible to correctly predict every game in the tournament. Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop people from trying.

Topic: Conditional Probability and the Rules of Probability (CP), Creating Equations (CED), Linear, Quadratic, and Exponential Models (LE)
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Overrated

How much confidence should you place in online ratings? Students use ratios and averages to explore the different ways products can be rated online.

Topic: Ratios and Proportional Relationships (RP)
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It's a Date

How can we improve our calendar? Students examine some other ways to keep track of dates, and use number sense and function concepts to convert among different calendars.

Topic: Building Functions (BF), Functions (F), Interpreting Functions (IF)
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Hitting the Slopes

Can you predict a country's Winter Olympic performance? Students analyze scatterplots and correlation coefficients to pick out the best predictive model for Olympic success.

Topic: Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative Data (ID)
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Decoder Ring

What are some ways to encrypt secret messages? Students use ciphers to encrypt messages both graphically and algebraically, and try to decrypt some messages too. In the end, they’ll learn what makes for a useful cipher, and what makes a cipher impossible to decode.

Topic: Building Functions (BF), Functions (F), Interpreting Functions (IF)
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Let Down Your Hair

How fast does hair grow? Students analyze a scatter plot, create a line of best fit, and interpret slope as the rate of hair growth over time.

Topic: Functions (F), Statistics and Probability (SP)
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Text Me Later

How dangerous is texting and driving? Students use proportional reasoning to determine how far a car travels in the time it takes to send a message, and explore the consequences of distracted driving.

Topic: Ratios and Proportional Relationships (RP), Circles (C)
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New-Tritional Info

How long does it take to burn off food from McDonald's? Students use unit rates and proportional reasoning to determine how long they'd have to exercise to burn off different McDonald's menu items.

Topic: Number System (NS), Ratios and Proportional Relationships (RP)
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Face Value

How symmetrical are faces? Students apply their understanding of line reflections to develop a metric for facial symmetry.

Topic: Congruence (CO)
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iPod dPreciation

How has the iPod depreciated over time? Students will compare linear and exponential decay, explore how various products have depreciated, and what might account for the differences.

Topic: Creating Equations (CED), Interpreting Functions (IF), Linear, Quadratic, and Exponential Models (LE)
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In the Zone

How hard should you exercise? Students write and graph an equation for maximum heart rate in terms of age, and then calculate ideal heart rate zones for different types of workouts.

Topic: Functions (F)
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I'd Like to Buy a Vowel

How much should vowels cost on Wheel of Fortune? Students use ratios and percents to explore what would happen if Wheel of Fortune charged prices for vowels based on how often they come up.

Topic: Ratios and Proportional Relationships (RP), Statistics and Probability (SP)