The New Orleans Saints were scheduled to play the Denver Broncos in a regular season football game this Sunday. The team manager for the Saints, Vinny Windsock, had two childhood dreams: to work for a professional sports team and to become a local weatherman for his hometown of New Orleans. As the team manager, he’s responsible to make sure all the players have everything they need when they go on the road- equipment, uniforms, board games, healthy snacks, iPods, etc. Vinny also enjoys taking atmospheric measurements while they’re on the road in the hopes that he’ll never lose touch with his other childhood dream.
The game against the Denver Broncos was scheduled at 1:00 PM on Sunday. The bus from New Orleans to Denver was scheduled to leave early Friday morning. The city of New Orleans is situated very close to sea level (altitude = 0 meters) whereas Denver is known as the “mile high” city because its altitude is 1 mile above sea level (approximately 1600 km). This altitude wrecks havoc on visiting teams that are not used to the “thin” Denver air, while giving the Broncos a true home field advantage because their bodies are used to the thinner air.
While on the bus, Vinny took regular measurements of the atmosphere while keeping track of the elevation throughout their journey. Vinny measured the air pressure and temperature at each 200 meter interval in elevation (altitude). The results are listed in a chart below:
During the halftime show, the Denver Broncos were so generous to Vinnie that they let him release a weather balloon that will record air temperature every 100 meters it climbs in altitude. This was Vinnie’s dream come true- the football world finally recognized that learning about our atmosphere is cool. The temperature readings were beamed back to Vinnie’s iPhone so he could make sense of all the new data on the bus ride home. Below is a portion of the weather balloon’s recordings:
1. Complete the Claims/Evidence chart below. A “Claim” is a statement or conclusion you make based on what you did. “Evidence” is the proof for your claim using information from the graphs. Sentence starters have been provided for you.
Part 1: As altitude increases, air pressure__________________
The graph shows…
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2. Many football teams have a hard time playing in the “thin air” of Denver. You will often see players using oxygen masks on the sideline. Do you think that there’s less oxygen the further up you go or do you think the air is more spread out (less dense)? Explain your choice.