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Bouncy Ball

Jocelyn Diaz

TEKS
Mathematical process standards. The student uses mathematical processes to acquire
and demonstrate mathematical understanding. The student is expected to:

(A) apply mathematics to problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace;
(B) use a problem-solving model that incorporates analyzing given information,
formulating a plan or strategy, determining a solution, justifying the solution, and
evaluating the problem-solving process and the reasonableness of the solution;
(C) select tools, including real objects, manipulatives, paper and pencil, and technology
as appropriate, and techniques, including mental math, estimation, and number sense
as appropriate, to solve problems;
(D) communicate mathematical ideas, reasoning, and their implications using multiple
representations, including symbols, diagrams, graphs, and language as appropriate

Problem

A rubber ball rebounds to half the height it drops. If the ball is


dropped from a rooftop 18 m above the ground, what is the total
distance traveled by the time it hits the ground the third time?

a. 31.5 m

b. 40.5 m

c. 45 m

d. 63 m

The ball is dropped from a rooftop at 18 m above the


ground.

18 m

We have 18 We have a total of 18 balls if


we group them in half we have a total of
9 balls.

The ball bounced back up 9 m.

9m

The ball is being dropped at 4.5 m above ground.

4.5

Now the ball went up 4.5 m that means it


has to come down the same distance. Now
you would add all the meters together to
get your answer.

18 m down + 9 m up + 4.5 m up = 45m

Answer Key
A rubber ball rebounds to half the height it drops. If the ball is dropped from a
rooftop 18 m above the ground, what is the total distance traveled by the time
it hits the ground the third time?
a. 31.5 m
b. 40.5 m
c. 45 m
d. 63 m