Tennis Ball Game Reflection

On Friday, our economics class did a “Tennis Ball Game”, where students are told to pass a tennis ball in a straight line and in to the bucket at the end of the line for 30 seconds, and every 30 seconds we would increase the number of students to try and increase the number of tennis balls that can be passed on to the end of the line. I thought that the amount of tennis balls in the bucket will increase as there were more people working to pass the tennis ball; however, the number increased to a certain extent then decreased after it reached its maximum. This activity was a great example of the law of diminishing returns, which is the tendency for a continuing application, effort or skill toward a particular goal to decline in effectiveness after a certain level of result has been achieved. After we reached an amount of about 27 tennis balls, the amount started to decrease as that was our maximum number that could have been passed.

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