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Assessment resource Triathlon: assessment

TLF ID L8274

Test your understanding of distance–time graphs. For example, look closely at graphs of a triathlete's performance (distance against time) for the swimming, running and cycling legs of a triathlon. Interpret the graphs to answer questions about each of the race legs and the overall performance of that triathlete. Compare the triathlete’s cycle leg performance against that of other competitors, then similarly compare the triathlete's overall performance in the triathlon. Insert your answers into a race report. Print out the report of your results and complete a self-assessment section to indicate your strengths and weaknesses in interpreting the information in the graphs.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students interpret distance–time graphs to: a) find the time elapsed by reading values from the horizontal axis b) find the distance covered by reading values from the vertical axis c) identify how slope relates to average speed.
  • Students interpret and compare several lines of data in distance–time graphs.
Educational value
  • Assesses student understanding of distance–time graphs.
  • Student manipulates scales to extract quantitative data from graphs.
  • Student interprets and compares information presented in graphs.
  • Includes a printable report of the student's performance.
  • Provides a mechanism for the student and teacher to comment on the student's learning progress.
Year level


Learning area
  • mathematics
  • Mathematics/Number and algebra
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Multiple choice questions

    Other details

    • Technical implementer
    • Script writer
    • Name: Rod Rees
    • Organisation: Rees Films Pty Ltd
    • Address: Blackburn VIC Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Howard Reeves
    • Address: Hobart TAS Australia
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    • Technical implementer
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Gayl O'Connor
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Assessment resource
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    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.