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ACTIVITY in Accuracy. Last updated January 29, 2024.


In this activity, students will analyze data collected from a football tryout. Using their knowledge of the terms accuracy and precision, students will interpret the data, and apply their understanding to several questions.

Grade Level

High School

NGSS Alignment

This activity will help prepare your students to meet the performance expectations in the following standards:

  • Scientific and Engineering Practices:
    • Analyzing and Interpreting Data
    • Engaging in Argument from Evidence


By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • Differentiate between the meaning of accuracy and precision.
  • Analyze data and determine if results are accurate and/or precise.  

Chemistry Topics

This activity supports students’ understanding of:

  • Accuracy
  • Precision
  • Data Analysis


Teacher Preparation: minimal
Lesson: 10 – 15 minutes


  • Student Handout


  • No specific safety precautions need to be observed for this activity.

Teacher Notes

  • This short activity can be used with students to help them better understand the meaning of accuracy and precision as it applies to data.
  • Teachers may consider using this activity as a “Bell-Ringer” or “Warm-Up” exercise at the beginning of a class period.
  • An Answer Key document has been provided for teacher reference.

For the Student

The local football team is in need of a new Quarterback. Five potential replacements attended the open tryouts to see if they had what it takes to make the team!

Part of the tryout session required each athlete to throw the football to the 60-yard line. They each had the opportunity to throw the ball five consecutive times, and their yardage was recorded for each throw.

The following data was collected by the offensive coordinator:

Player’s Name Throw Attempt #1 Throw Attempt #2 Throw Attempt #3 Throw Attempt #4 Throw Attempt #5
Tyler 50 yards 52 yards 75 yards 65 yards 66 yards
Josh 61 yards 60 yards 59 yards 61 yards 60 yards
Devin 65 yards 72 yards 84 yards 37 yards 46 yards
Spencer 51 yards 50 yards 51 yards 52 yards 51 yards
Andre 70 yards 70 yards 50 yards 55 yards 60 yards

Analysis Questions

  1. Explain the meaning of Accuracy:
  2. Explain the meaning of Precision:
  3. Use the terms accurate and precise to describe Spencer’s results:
  4. Which player(s) seem to be neither accurate nor precise during their tryout?
  5. Use the terms accurate and precise to describe Josh’s results:
  6. What do you think is more important, accuracy or precision?