In groups, students solve a problem involving primarily linear functions to determine a room number. They then travel to the room to collect a clue. This clue is then needed to solve the next problem. 10 problems lead them to a final solution. First team with this number wins!
Students must be able to solve for slope (both parallel or perpendicular) , x and y intercepts of linear functions. They must be able to solve for an x or y coordinate given other information. Function notation is used, but as the file is an editable word document, changes can be made to suit your curriculum. Domain and range is also present, but again could be changed if this is not part of your course (or taught previously)
Our students travel around the school during the race to collect clues. If this is not possible with you, simply post a variety of room numbers around your classroom(s) with the clues and they can work within a room to solve the same problems.
The solutions to each question have quick mathematical operations at the end to direct them to a room. So for example, take the y - coordinate and multiply by 12. This is the room number. As your classrooms are unlikely to match in exact room numbers as ours, an easy change in this final calculation is all that is necessary to modify to your own room numbers.
3 page .doc file plus 3 page .pdf answer file included
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