Serve four towns with one bus route. Pupils develop a bus route that meets certain criteria to serve four towns. They determine which of the routes would best serve all of them. Individuals then hypothesize where a fifth town should be located in order to serve it with the same bus route.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Lead a discussion on determining the distance to a line
  • Create groups that have different bus routes to discuss their strategies
Classroom Considerations
  • Having a conceptual understanding of least-squares regressions is advantageous
  • Solution paths can be numerical or non-numerical
  • The data points are presented in context as opposed to abstract data points
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