RATIO AND PROPORTION
Wheels in Motion
Activity 3: Finding Distance
Make a small mark on the floor with the chalk or masking tape. Place the bicycle so that the valve stem on the front tire is exactly lined up with the mark on the floor.
Push the bicycle forward so that its wheel makes one complete revolution. That is, the valve stem on the tire will rotate exactly once. Mark this spot and measure the distance (to the nearest centimeter) between this spot and the spot where you started. Record the distance in the table below.
Now, measure the distance traveled for 2, 3, 4, and 5 revolutions to complete the table.
Area 10 Mathematics and Technology Professional Development Center
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