# Paper Pool Project Part 1

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Paper Pool Project: Writing Workshop

Writing an Introduction
When organizing your responses to the questions posed in the Paper Pool Project,
keep in mind to address the question posed. You want to introduce the reader to
the problem you have been presented with (either “what corner the ball will
stop?” or “how many hits will occur?”) and how you approached the problem.
This should be done in your introduction, for example…
“When working on the paper pool project, we were given
two questions to answer. The first question was “In what
corner will the ball stop?” The second question was “How
many hits will have occurred by the time the ball stops?”
with the Paper Pool program. After we learned how to
make different tables of different sizes, we recorded our
data in a table (or spreadsheet). When we looked closely at
the table, we were able to see some patterns and this
allowed us to answer the two questions.”
After you have introduced the reader to the problem, then you can present your
solution(s).

When writing about your solutions, you want to make sure that you have your
information organized before beginning to write. Make use of a graphic organizer to help
with this step.

Length
and Width
are same
Occurrence                             Occurrence
#3                                     #2
Lands in
Length is                                         Pocket C                                     Length is
“2” and                                                                                        “1” and
width is odd                                                                                    width is
even
Occurrence             Lands in
#2                 Pocket B                What Pocket Will               Lands in          Occurrence
the Ball Land?                Pocket D              #2

Occurrence
#3                                                                                          Occurrence
#3

Each occurrence should have examples and proof that are included in that paragraph.
Hints and Tips
Here are some thoughts to help you ponder the mysteries of the Paper Pool Game:
 If the number of hits is even, then the ball will land in Pocket
 If the number of hits is odd, then the ball will land in Pocket
 What connection do similar or equivalent pool tables fit in the table
(i.e. 1x2, 2x4, 3x6, 4x8, 5x10)
 If both dimensions are ODD, then the ball will land in Pocket
 If both dimensions are EVEN, then the ball will land in Pocket
 If the length is ODD and the width is EVEN, then the ball will land in
Pocket
 If the length is EVEN and the width is ODD, then the ball will land in
pocket
 How are Greatest Common Factor, Factors, Multiples and Division
important to the Paper Pool Project?

different patterns. If you table does not look like this one, that’s ok, but it should
still contain the same information which is # of hits and Pocket.

Pocket                                  Number of Hits
Where
The Ball      2      3      4       5       6       7       8       9       10      11
Stops
2×1            2×3             2×5             2×7              2×9
B              4×2            4×1             4×3             4×5              4×7
6x3            4×6             6×1             8x1              6×5
1×7              1×9
1×1            1×3             1×5
3×5              3×7
C      2×2            3×1             5×1
5×3              7×3
3×3            2×6            2 × 10
7×1              9×1
1 × 10
1×2            1×4             1×6              1x8
3×8
D              2×4            3×2             3×4              7×2
5×6
4×8            6×4             5×2             10 × 8
7×4

One way to help speed up your investigation is to keep your information
ORGANIZED. Notice how the dimensions increase in an organized fashion (look
at pocket B – you see the dimensions 2x1, 2x3, 2x5, 2x7, 2x9 as the number of
hits increases. If there is a gap in the pattern or if the pattern shows some kind of
change, this may bears investigating also to find out where that dimension is on
the chart. Keeping your table organized will dramatically help to see the patterns
and also make your investigation easier to describe in your Paper Pool Project
Paper.

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