*For example, in a linear model for a biology experiment, interpret a slope of 1.5 cm/hr as meaning that an additional hour of sunlight each day is associated with an additional 1.5 cm in mature plant height.*

**Subject Area:**Mathematics

**Grade:**8

**Domain-Subdomain:**Statistics & Probability

**Cluster:**Level 2: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts

**Cluster:**Investigate patterns of association in bivariate data. (Supporting Cluster) -

Clusters should not be sorted from Major to Supporting and then taught in that order. To do so would strip the coherence of the mathematical ideas and miss the opportunity to enhance the major work of the grade with the supporting clusters.

**Date Adopted or Revised:**02/14

**Date of Last Rating:**02/14

**Status:**State Board Approved - Archived

**Assessed:**Yes

**Assessment Limits :**Numbers in items must be simple rational numbers (e.g., , , to the 10th). Data are required for all items. In all items requiring a line of best fit, the equation of that line should be given.

**Calculator :**Neutral

**Context :**Required

**Test Item #:**Sample Item 1**Question:**The slope of the line of best fit for the data shown is approximately 1.5.

What is the meaning of 1.5 in terms of the context?

**Difficulty:**N/A**Type:**MS: Multiselect

**Test Item #:**Sample Item 2**Question:**The amount of money Alan earns as a plumber after x hours is modeled by the equation y = $25x + $50.

What is the meaning of $25 in this model?

**Difficulty:**N/A**Type:**OR: Open Response

## Related Courses

## Related Access Points

## Related Resources

## Formative Assessments

## Lesson Plans

## Original Student Tutorials

## Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiast

## Problem-Solving Tasks

## Unit/Lesson Sequences

## Video/Audio/Animations

## Virtual Manipulatives

## MFAS Formative Assessments

Students are asked to interpret the line of best fit, slope, and *y*-intercept of a linear model.

Students are asked to interpret a specific solution and the *y*-intercept of a linear equation that describes a context.

Students are asked to use a linear model to make a prediction about the value of one of the variables.

## Original Student Tutorials Mathematics - Grades 6-8

Explore how to interpret the slope and y-intercept of a linear trend line when bivariate data is graphed on a scatterplot in this interactive tutorial.

This is part 5 in 6-part series. Click below to open the other tutorials in the series.

Learn how to use the equation of a linear trend line to interpolate and extrapolate bivariate data plotted in a scatterplot. You will see the usefulness of trend lines and how they are used in this interactive tutorial.

This is part 6 in 6-part series. Click below to open the other tutorials in the series.

## Student Resources

## Original Student Tutorials

Learn how to use the equation of a linear trend line to interpolate and extrapolate bivariate data plotted in a scatterplot. You will see the usefulness of trend lines and how they are used in this interactive tutorial.

This is part 6 in 6-part series. Click below to open the other tutorials in the series.

- Scatterplots Part 1: Graphing
- Scatterplots Part 2: Patterns, Associations and Correlations
- Scatterplots Part 3: Trend Lines
- Scatterplots Part 4: Equation of the Trend Line
- Scatterplots Part 5: Interpreting the Equation of the Trend Line

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Explore how to interpret the slope and y-intercept of a linear trend line when bivariate data is graphed on a scatterplot in this interactive tutorial.

This is part 5 in 6-part series. Click below to open the other tutorials in the series.

- Scatterplots Part 1: Graphing
- Scatterplots Part 2: Patterns, Associations and Correlations
- Scatterplots Part 3: Trend Lines
- Scatterplots Part 4: Equation of the Trend Line
- Scatterplots Part 6: Using Linear Models

Type: Original Student Tutorial

## Problem-Solving Task

In this resource, real-world bivariate data is displayed in a scatter plot. The equation of the linear function which models the relationship between the two variables is provided, and it is graphed on the scatter plot. Students are asked to use the model to interpret the data and to make predictions.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

## Video/Audio/Animations

Linear equations can be used to solve many types of real-word problems. In this episode, the water depth of a pool is shown to be a linear function of time and an equation is developed to model its behavior. Unfortunately, ace Algebra student A. V. Geekman ends up in hot water anyway.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Khan Academy tutorial video that demonstrates with real-world data the use of Excel spreadsheet to fit a line to data and make predictions using that line.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

## Virtual Manipulatives

Allows students access to a Cartesian Coordinate System where linear equations can be graphed and details of the line and the slope can be observed.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

This interactive simulation investigates graphing linear and quadratic equations. Users are given the ability to define and change the coefficients and constants in order to observe resulting changes in the graph(s).

Type: Virtual Manipulative

This manipulative allows the user to enter multiple coordinates on a grid, estimate a line of best fit, and then determine the equation for a line of best fit.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

## Parent Resources

## Problem-Solving Task

In this resource, real-world bivariate data is displayed in a scatter plot. The equation of the linear function which models the relationship between the two variables is provided, and it is graphed on the scatter plot. Students are asked to use the model to interpret the data and to make predictions.

Type: Problem-Solving Task

## Video/Audio/Animation

Khan Academy tutorial video that demonstrates with real-world data the use of Excel spreadsheet to fit a line to data and make predictions using that line.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

## Virtual Manipulative

Allows students access to a Cartesian Coordinate System where linear equations can be graphed and details of the line and the slope can be observed.

Type: Virtual Manipulative