In this fun experiment and calculation activity, students will get a feel for how much a person can really do in a second as well as a tenth of a second. They will work with partners to do some simple activities (such as toss an object in the air and catch it and count how many times it can be done in 10 seconds). Students will continually divide by 10 resulting in decimals to the tenths and hundredths place.They will also use math computation to subtract with decimals to the hundredths place.
This lesson also includes a half-page informational text about a real instance in a basketball game when a tenth of a second made a huge difference. And after the text, there are some examples of real data from Olympic games in which tenths and hundredths of a second made the difference between gold, silver, and bronze.
If you have ever watched any sporting or Olympics events in which athletes are competing to get the fastest time or the most points in a set amount of time, you will see that quite often the winner will win by 1 second or less. A race could even be decided by 1/10 or 1/100 of a second. Students will be excited to use math in a practical, real-life way that they can relate to!
This lesson can be done in a math class, science class, or P.E. class because it relates to all three!