Students will look at decennial census data — in table and graph form — showing population growth trends in five states from 1950 to 2010. Students will also estimate and interpret lines of best fit.
Calculators are optional.
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Students will apply their understanding of scatter plots and linear models to analyze the features of lines of best fit.
Middle School Math