# Category Archives for Data and Probability

## Is college affordable?

Widener Library, Harvard University It’s that time of year again. Students are applying and hopefully getting accepted to college. Students are also graduating and moving on from 12th, 8th or 5th grade to new schools in the fall. Whether you … Continue reading

15. May 2013 by Oldmanmarks and Leslie
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## Triple Crown

Joel Rosario riding Orb May 18th will be the running of the Preakness thoroughbred horse race. The Preakness is the second race of the Triple Crown. Hopefully we’ll see the horse, Orb, win the Preakness and get a chance to run for … Continue reading

11. May 2013 by Leslie
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## How much do we spend for Mother’s Day?

Use the Mother’s Day event to engage your students in approximating, reasoning, and investigating.  Brian has asked students to estimate how much is spent in the United States for Mother’s Day. There’s a lot to consider and that’s exactly what … Continue reading

06. May 2013 by oldmanmarks
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## Who had the greatest NBA season ever?

Some of the greats, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson Who had the greatest NBA season of all time?  Which player contributed the greatest amount of offensive production to their team?  Who was the most valuable? Brian gives weight to … Continue reading

28. April 2013 by oldmanmarks
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## Iphone 5

This is only part of the infographic published and copywrited by AVALAUNCH MEDIA.  We’ve left off the solution of this graphic so that your class can come to their own range of iPhone5 costs. To see the full graphic go here. When … Continue reading

24. April 2013 by oldmanmarks
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## True cost of lights bulbs

Last year the House of Representatives voted to withhold funding to enforce a law that was passed in 2007 and increases efficiency standards for light bulbs. There’s a lot of misinformation out there about the cost to consumers of CFL … Continue reading

18. April 2013 by Leslie
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## Opening weekend

Hunger Games and the Avengers are recent popular movies that have made a ton of money during their opening weekend at the box office .  Can you tell from its opening weekend how the movie will do in the long … Continue reading

16. April 2013 by Leslie
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## Season 12, American Idol

Let your student study American Idol viewing figures over the last eleven seasons. Students compare historical season premier and season finale audience size in several different ways to determine which event has had higher viewership. They consider outliers and judge … Continue reading

07. April 2013 by Oldmanmarks and Leslie
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## The Greatest March Madness Program

Based on this data, which do you think is the greatest March Madness program ever? Once students decide their “best program ever” challenge them use a different criteria than they originally used.  That is, ask them to think of another … Continue reading

03. April 2013 by oldmanmarks
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## Peeps

How many Peeps are sold at Easter time each year? Check out our Peeps math activity here.  Treat your students to some authentic and delicious math as they estimate, consider reasonability, determine necessary info, problem solve and conduct random samplings.  The activity, … Continue reading

25. March 2013 by Oldmanmarks and Leslie
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## March Madness is here again

March Madness is the big 68 team college basketball tournament that takes over our TV viewing during the weekends of March. School and office friends are filling out brackets.  Engage your students in probability, combinations, operations with scientific notation, and … Continue reading

23. March 2013 by oldmanmarks
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## The Perfect Bracket?

What are your chances of picking the perfect March Madness College Basketball Tournament bracket?  How does the change from 64 to 65 to now, 68 teams in the field complicate things?  How many brackets would you need to fill out … Continue reading

19. March 2013 by oldmanmarks
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## Lifespan of a meme, the Harlem Shake

Five friends who skateboard and video tape made up a strange dance one afternoon and filmed it on February 2nd.  Now the whole world knows them and their dance  … weird.  This is the story of the life of a … Continue reading

16. March 2013 by Oldmanmarks and Leslie
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## Green, green river

During the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Chicago, the local plumbers union dyes the Chicago River emerald green.  Students learn what PPM (parts per million) means and  attempt to figure out how much dye is used to sufficiently color the … Continue reading

14. March 2013 by Leslie
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## Pi day and more pi activities

Thursday is pi day (3.14) and we have tons of math activities and tasks to engage your students. Check out our pi day post which includes several pi explorations. You might also consider some of these timeless yummymath tasks that let students … Continue reading

12. March 2013 by Leslie
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