The Iditarod dog sled race begins officially in Anchorage, Alaska on March 7th and then restarts in Fairbanks two days later. There is so much mathematics in this race that our activity feels totally insufficient. Mushers and their dog teams travel by day and night and, in their quest to win, have very little time to rest. But, perhaps the activity will raise interest and encourage students to find out more and bring their research to class.
We've dealt with reading charts, calculating speed, calculating present value, and considering daylight hours of travel.
But, who will win? With how many dogs left? After how many days? Through what conditions? Through what mishaps and challenges? The list goes on ...
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In 2001, J.K.Rowling (the author of the Harry Potter series) wrote Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Next year this will be the first in a series of three movies that are meant to take place 70 years before the Harry Potter series began.
"Beasts" will be produced by David Heyman, the same producer that created the Potter movies. In this activity students use the average cost of a Harry Potter movie to estimate the cost of creating a "Beasts" movie. The task is open, in that it asks students to analyze central tendency, using either median, mode or mean. Which is the best predictor of the cost of making this new movie? As an extension students make box plots and analyze the interquartile values to understand outliers. This is an interesting set of data, with an outlier and a mode that may be the most representative measure of the set. Enjoy the Beasts!
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