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How Many Handshakes

How Many Handshakes

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Published by Krista Parnell
Quadratic Data
Quadratic Data

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Published by: Krista Parnell on Oct 08, 2009
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Target audience: Algebra IICollect data in groups of two to four students.
How Many Handshakes?
To collect and analyze data that models a quadratic function.
Materials Needed:
Graphing Calculator and lab sheets
Introduce the Experiment:
 Describe the exploration. To collect the data the students can simulate thehandshakes in small groups or draw polygons where vertices represent people.
Organize the Data Collection:
 Have the students work in groups of two, three or four. Distribute the lab sheets.Each group should do its own experiment collecting the data.
NAME________________________________________________________________ DATE________________________How Many Handshakes? 
 You are attending a party with a large group of people that you do not know and you wouldlike to meet everyone. You are going to investigate how many distinct handshakes will occurif each person shakes hands. In this exploration you will collect data and determine themathematical model that best represents your data.Part 1
1.If there are 28 people in a room, estimate how many distinct handshakes will occur if each person shakeshands?2.Let’s simplify this problem, beginning with no one in the room. If there is no one in the room, then nohandshakes occur. Continue and complete the table.(Hint: You can either simulate the handshakes in small groups or draw polygons where vertices represent people.)3.Explain how you got the values in the handshake row. Do you see any patterns?4.Plot the # of People versus the # of Distinct Handshakes.Assign the # of People as the independent variable.
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1,10x 5,30
 5. Describe the shape of your graph.
Part 2# of People 012345678910# of DistinctHandshakes

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