Applications of Linear Functions: Hooke's Law
In this module, students explore a physics-based application of linear functions: Hooke's Law. By exploring the properties of springs, a simple linear model is developed. Students then explore applications of Hooke's Law, from weight scales to bungee cords.
Students investigate the properties of springs and identify two variables: the displacement of the spring (extension or compression) and the amount of force involved. From this students identify the independent variable and dependent variable. A graphing calculator activity (using the Desmos graphing tool) allows students to explore the value of k in the function F = kx.
- Problem Solving
- Create a linear function model
- Test the model for accuracy
- Graph a linear function
- Understands the basics of linear functions
- Graphing on the coordinate plane
|Common Core Standards||CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.F.A.1, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.F.A.3, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.8.F.B.4|
|Lesson Duration||20 mins|
|Grade Range||6th - 8th Grade|