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Watch the Game

  • Which forces do you see when the player scores a free throw in the video?
  • Which force(s) makes the ball move?
  • Which force makes the ball come back down?
  • What's a three-pointer?
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Build the Court

  • Building instructions book “B,” pages 20 - 38
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Try it out!

Experiment 1:

  • Set the pivot position to "1," throw distance to "2," and basket height to "1" on the blue numbered tiles.
  • Try to score!
  • Record your result on the graph on your Student Worksheet.
  • Now turn the crank to increase the throw distance to positions 4, 6, and 8.
  • Try to score, record your scores in the table.

Find the pattern!

Experiment 2:

  • Change the height of the basket and the throw distance to position 2, and try to score.
  • Record your score on the Student Worksheet.
  • Now turn the crank to increase the throw distance to positions 4, 6, and 8.
  • Record your scores.
  • What did you see?
  • Now raise the basket to position 3 and do the experiment again.

What did you see?

  • Which forces did you observe?
  • Did you see any patterns?
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