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?” In order to answer these questions, we had to experiment 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). Presenting your Solutions 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? This table should also show you how to organize your data to help you see the 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.