Proportionality
& Grasshoppers
What would it
mean if students could jump proportionally as far grasshoppers? To find out, I
brought in some grasshoppers.
First we
measured the length of two grasshoppers to be approximately 1 inch. Next, we
measured the distance of three jumps (in inches) from two grasshoppers I found
in my backyard and took the average of all three jumps for an average of 43
inches.
Next, we
measured the height of two students in inches and took the average for a result
of 62 inches.
Finally we
formed the proportion
1/43 = 62/x
x = 2,666
inches which is roughly 74 yards.
In essence, if students could jump proportional to grasshoppers we could nearly jump 3/4 of a football field.