Illluminations: Spinning Tops

Students measure distances using standard and nonstandard units and record their measurement in various tables.

Then they are asked to use descriptive statistics to report the results. During a top-spinning contest, students measure the distance along a curve using indirect measurement. They record the data for their group in a chart, and compute their individual median and the group median.

 

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Math Topics
Data, Graphing & Statistics, Mean, Median, Mode, Measurement & Time
Middle School, Educator
6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

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