Monthly Archives for November 2010

Hanukah is way too early this year!

Wednesday evening, December 1st, is the first night of Hanukkah this year. Students look at the Hebrew calendar and appreciate the incredible mathematics involved in creating a calendar that aligns both the moon’s rotation about the Earth and the Earth’s … Continue reading

29. November 2010 by Leslie
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Rapunzel

image drawn by Marisa Hopkins Disney’s animated movie, Tangled, comes out next week. We’ve shown students some of the Brothers Grimm’s original fairy tale along with giving them a glimpse at the physics involved in the animation of Rapunzel’s hair. … Continue reading

23. November 2010 by Leslie

Done with the leaves … now for the snow

Brian has spent too much time analyzing his leaf raking. He has created an investigation that asks students to calculate how long it would take different numbers of rakers to finish cleaning his yard of leaves. Students see the inverse … Continue reading

22. November 2010 by Leslie

Not enough mashed potatoes

Using his famous mashed potato recipe, Brian has asked students to change decimals to fractions, to calculate ingredient measures for various-sized Thanksgiving gatherings, to explain their thinking in calculating these figures, and to judge how many servings could be created … Continue reading

18. November 2010 by Leslie
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Cholera in Haiti

On January 12th of this year, there was a tremendous, 7.0 magnitude, earthquake in Haiti. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed or injured and a million people became homeless. Then on November 5th, Hurricane Thomas hit Haiti. Huge amounts … Continue reading

11. November 2010 by Leslie

Veterans Day

As Veterans Day approaches, let your students learn about and appreciate the meaning of the day by analyzing the powerful data that we’ve supplied. Students can use our numbers to create questions for their classmates … questions that are intended … Continue reading

06. November 2010 by Leslie
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Monopoly

In the board game, Monopoly, does a property’s distance from GO relate to the cost of its rent when you land on it ? Students create scatter plots using Brian’s spread sheet which lists properties, their distances from GO, and … Continue reading

05. November 2010 by Leslie
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