Real World Applications – Algebra I
How are points accumulated in MotoGP?
MotoGP is the top class of the World Championship Grand Prix for motorcycle road racing. For this class, one of the favorite riders is Jorge Lorenzo. By July 2012, he had won
We can represent this as an expression (and, if you’re daring, as an equation). We can let
If the number of points awarded for
Now, what values can we substitute for
If we substituted 26 in for
If we substituted 27 in for
Typically, points in races are awarded as whole numbers. So, first place must not be worth 20 points.
Now, what value of
By evaluating expessions, we were to find out how many points were awarded to both
Try researching another sporting event and find out how points are awarded for each game. It’s different for every sport! Using a similar method that we used here for this investigation, how can you use expressions to figure out how many points are awarded to a specific player if you only have the total number of wins and the total number of points?