# Keeping Pace - A Balanced Assessment Task

- Author:
- Judah L Schwartz

- Topic:
- Algebra

**BLUE**&

**GREEN**started from the same point at the same time down the same path to school.

**GREEN**decided to walk at a fast pace for half the distance and at a slow pace for half of the distance.

**BLUE**decided to walk at fast pace half the time and at a slow pace half the time. [You can use the

**GREEN**dots to set fast and slow paces. You can use the

**BLUE**dot to set the total time blue takes to get to school.] Under what circumstances does

**GREEN**get to school first? who gets to the halfway point first? Under what circumstances does

**BLUE**get to school first? who gets to the halfway point first? Do they ever meet on the way to school?

**What questions could / would you put to your students based on this applet ?**