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Mini Golf Laurie DiGregorio Germantown Hills Middle School, Metamora, IL 61548 Teresa Yazujian Eureka Middle School, Eureka, IL 61530

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How to Get a Hole - in - one! What a great day for a game of golf ! This will be a piece of cake!

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…the trick is to find the right angle. It looks like I need to bank this shot…

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Hmm….. …not exactly as I planned. I’ll have to try a new angle.

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This could take years before I get it right!

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Did you ever think you could use math to get a hole-in-one? At this point… I’d try anything !

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First, lets look at some properties of angles. When the ball hits the wall, it creates an angle of incidence.

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As the ball bounces off the wall, an angle of reflection is created.

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are ALWAYS congruent. Something really cool! The angle of incidence and the angle of reflection

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We know that these angles are congruent because they are reflections of each other. Can our knowledge of reflections help us solve the puzzle?

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Remember, we are trying to get a hole-in-one! Since a direct shot is not an option, we will have to bank it off a wall if we want to make a hole-in-one.

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We know we want to bank the ball off the left wall of the green.

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But how can we use math to determine where the ball should bounce off the wall?

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Guess and check sure doesn’t work.

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Too bad we can’t just move the flag!

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Wait a minute!!!

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What if we... MOVED THE FLAG?

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But WHERE do we move it???

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Think about this: If we move the flag anywhere INSIDE the hole, we have changed the hole… Hint: Think outside the box! Literally!!! …therefore we have changed the problem.

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What if we reflected the hole across the side we want to bank off? What would that do for us?

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Do you realize the ball is now in a straight line with the hole? Ok, ok. It is in line with the reflected hole.

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Here is the $100,000.00 question of the day: What can a reflection tell us?

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If the hole is point H, then let’s label the reflection of the hole as point H’. (H prime) H’ H

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We can also label the intersection of the ball’s path and the wall as point W. H. W

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H’ See what happens when we connect H and H’. H. W

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H’ A right triangle is formed. H. W

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H’ H. W What would happen if we reflect this triangle over the wall? Let’s find out!

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(drum roll, please)

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H’ H. W It’s no surprise that the reflected triangle reveals a path to the hole! How, you ask?

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H’ H Remember, if two triangles are congruent, then their corresponding sides and angles are congruent.. W

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H’ H The ball is hit towards H’. Since it can’t go through the wall, it will reflect off the wall and travel towards point H.. W

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Laurie DiGregorio digregor@schools.mtco.com Teresa Yazujian yazujiant@eureka.wodfrd.k12.il.us The End!

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