This introduction explains how rate is also used to measure accuracy or effectiveness, using a basketball player’s success with free throws as an example.
When measuring accuracy, the rate is expressed as a percentage. In order to arrive at the percentage, students may need a review of the mathematics involved in converting a ratio to a percentage.
The dialogue at the end of this section demonstrates how a coach and player would discuss rates of accuracy.
Who can explain what a "free throw" in basketball is?
Competitive basketball players always try to improve the number of free throws that they make. As most of you know, when you are fouled, you can shoot a free throw. That means you stand alone on the free throw line, and no one blocks you. When you make it, the team scores a point. Sound easy? Actually, even professional basketball players miss a lot!