# Algebra I. Many families include amusement park visits as part of their summer vacation plans. Some enjoy them so much that they go more than once to.

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Algebra I

Many families include amusement park visits as part of their summer vacation plans. Some enjoy them so much that they go more than once to the same park in the same season. Some kids also go with friends multiple times throughout the summer. At what point does a season pass make sense to purchase?

Your task is to compare season passes vs. regular ticket admission to an amusement park. You will decide when it is beneficial to purchase each type of ticket and if there is a point when they are equally beneficial. You will read articles about amusement parks, investigate ticket prices, and use your algebra skills to make your decision. Your finished product will include completion of worksheet, correctly labeled graph, and three paragraph essay.

First, read a few articles (at least two) about choosing an amusement park to attend. Think about the things considered in these articles (location, costs, rides, etc.) when you choose your park. Choosing The Best Amusement Park Best Amusement Parks for Your Buck Tips For Taking Amusement Park Vacations Planning Tips For Taking Amusement Park Vacations Planning How to Plan for an Amusement Park Vacation Theme Park Getaways Theme Park Ratings and Reviews Top 10 Theme Parks

Choose an amusement park to investigate. Below are some websites to various amusement parks, but you may also choose one not listed below. Six FlagsFrontier City Six FlagsFrontier City DisneylandBusch Gardens DisneylandBusch Gardens SeaworldAdventureland SeaworldAdventureland Cedar PointSilver Dollar City Cedar PointSilver Dollar City Hershey ParkWorlds of Fun Hershey ParkWorlds of Fun

Now that you have chosen a park, you will complete a worksheet answering questions that help you compare a season pass to individual day passes. Click here for the worksheet.here

You will make a graph of the linear equations created on your worksheet. For the graph, you need to complete the following: Label the graph with the amusement park chosen Label each axis and the units Graph each line (in a different color) and show a key (such as green means season passes) Label the point of intersection Write a sentence below the graph describing what the point of intersection means in terms of amusement park ticket prices.

Now that have investigated your amusement park, you will have to write up what you learned. Paragraph 1: You will write about why you chose your amusement park. Include information about what things you considered and why you considered them when making your decision. You will write about the costs of tickets for your amusement park. Include how much season passes are and how much day passes costs. Paragraph 2: You will write about the algebra included on the worksheet. What do the equations and graphs tell you? How do they relate to things previously learned such as slope-intercept form? Is it more beneficial to purchase season passes or day passes? Explain. Paragraph 3:To what other kinds of decisions might you be able to apply this type of decision-making process? Give a specific example and describe how you can apply this decision-making process. This write up needs to be typed, double spaced, and free of major spelling and grammatical errors.

Does Not Meet (0-5 points) Meets (5-10) Exceeds (10-15) Score Group Participation Not all group members participate in the project All members participate, but do not have equal participation All members participate equally Understanding & Accuracy (in worksheet) Group shows lack of understanding in creating linear equations and their graphs as well as how they apply to the amusement park Group understands how to create linear equations and graphs, but lacks understanding at the meaning in relation to the amusement park prices Group demonstrates understanding of creating linear equations and the graphs for those equations as well as how they relate to the amusement park prices Explanation & Communication (in paper) Group answers few to none of the questions/prompts described in Step 4 with little to no understanding of how linear equations relate to amusement park ticket prices. Group answers some of the questions/prompts described in Step 4 with partial understanding of how linear equations relate to amusement park ticket prices. Group fully answers all questions/prompts described in Step 4 with complete understanding of how linear equations relate to amusement park ticket prices. Graph Group does not accurately make graph and fails to include labels Group does not accurately make graph or only includes some labels Group has a colorful, accurate display with all labels included Finished Product Project not completeProject is completed but lacks understanding of the subject Project is done on time and paper, graph, and worksheet show strong understanding of subject

Now that you have completed the Amusement Park Webquest, you should understand more about making decisions when choosing an amusement park. You should be able to compare ticket prices to make the best decision for you on purchasing tickets. You should be able to see how linear equations apply to ticket prices and what is important about the point of intersection of the two lines drawn.

Your grade for this project will be based on: Timely and successful completion of the worksheet Timely and successful completion of the graph Timely and successful completion of the report Well-organized and mathematically-correct work

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