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Inverse Functions: Pennies, Pressure, Temperature, and Light

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Inverse Functions: Pennies, Pressure, Temperature, and Light

The major goal of this math lesson is to have learners collect data from a variety of experiments, determine what models best fits their data, and explain why their models are best. Learners will explore a variety of relationships using pennies, pressure, temperature, light, and pendulums. They will then determine the algebraic equations that best represent the variables involved in each situation. Each of the six activities is listed and discussed separately in this lesson plan so that they can be modified to meet learners' needs.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 14 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
      • Equations and Inequalities
      • Patterns
      • Variables and Expressions
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Measurement
      • Rate
    • Problem Solving
    • Reasoning and Proof
    • Representation
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
    • Light and Optics
    • Motion and Forces
      • Newton's Laws
      • Center of Gravity
    • States of Matter
      • Gases
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Mass and Weight
      • Volume and Density
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes assesments for student learning

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  • Free access



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Funding Source:

  • US Department of Education


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