HandsOn 3 - Creating a Rope Coastline
In order to study coastlines further, create a sample coastline using the following instructions. You will need for this activity
The activity takes place with the class in a wide hall, entrance hall, or outdoors. Select one class member to roll the die and another to flip the coin.
2. Select a direction perpendicular to the rope to be the positive direction. The opposite direction will be the negative direction.
3. Student #3 grasps the rope approximately in the middle.
4. Flip the coin. Heads or tails determines the direction the person in the middle will move in Step 5 below.
5. Roll the die. The person in the middle of the rope takes a number of "baby steps'' (steps that touch heel to toe) perpendicular to the rope. The number of steps is equal to the number on the die: from one to six. The direction of these steps is determined by the outcome (heads or tails) of the coin flip performed in step 4. Student #2 lets the rope slip out to provide the extra length as needed.
6. Now Students #4 and #5 take up a position in the middle of each straight segment.
7. Repeat Steps 4 through 6 for Student #4, who takes the number of baby steps indicated on the die in a direction perpendicular to the rope indicated by the coin flip. Do the same for Student #5.
8. Continue this process, randomly deflecting the midpoint perpendicular to each straight segment, until you run out of either rope or students.
9. Take a photograph of the resulting "coastline."