Data and Probability

Approaching Seven Billion people

To see the present world population, go here.  http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/ During the Fall 2011 the 7 billionth human on earth was born. The counter mentioned above gives updated approximations of the current world population.  When will we hit 8 billion people? …

Occupy Wall Street protest is growing

The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement has grown since it began on September 17th.  Students can look at charts that show percent mentions of the demonstrations and calculate the percentage of media mentions, percentage of comment  growth, and the percentages…

QR codes ???

Your students have probably seen these images around and might not know why they are becoming popular for smart phone scanning … and possibly dangerous.  Students figure out the number of permutations of symbols that are possible with these 2-d…

Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011

“Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”… Apple CEO Tim Cook in a memo to Apple employees. Students can honor Steve Jobs and be involved in an…

Bank of America Debit Card Fees

Millions of people and businesses use debit cards every day.  Banks didn’t charge customers for their use. Banks actually gave rewards and incentives to customers for using them. So how did banks make money from debit cards?  Banks charged the…

Everything Royal Wedding

Friday, April 29, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. will be the much talked about wedding of Brittain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton. Engage and inform your students in an investigation of percents, proportions, exchange rates, time zones and Royal memorabilia. everything-royal-wedding.doc      …

Unions and Collective bargaining

Protestors at the Wisconsin State House There is a confrontation going on in Wisconsin. Governor Scott Walker is trying to enact legislation that would limit bargaining rights for most public employees in that state … firefighters, teachers, police, child-care workers,…

Anthony versus Williams

Within a day of each other two of the NBA’s biggest stars were traded to NYC area teams, Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks and Deron Williams to the Nets. In this investigation we compare the stats and careers of the…

Federal deficit and debt in the news

National Debt Clock, Avenue of the Americas, New York City Congress has begun debating what should be included and what should be removed from the 2012 budget that President Obama submitted last week. The words debt and deficit are constantly…

Population pyramids of Egypt

Pyramids of Giza Egypt has been in the news lately as young people have demonstrated in Tahrir Square, demanded the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, and begun the reorganization of their country’s government. News agencies have show population pyramids to…

Census is complete and Apportionment begins

The 2010 U. S. Census is complete and state reapportionment is about to begin. The process of distributing the 435 Representatives appropriately to each state is a mathematically fascinating event. Engage your students in the calculation of the apportionment so…

Welcome back to Cleveland Lebron

Lebron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to play basketball for the Miami Heat and to play with his friends, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Lebron just made his return to the area he grew up in and where he started…

Rapunzel

Disney’s animated movie, Tangled, came out in 2010. 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. Ratios are needed to estimate…

BP and the stock market updated

The oil company, BP, has spent billions of dollars to stop and clean the oil spill, clean the coastline, and settle claims of industry loss and damage in the region. Needless to say, the value of BP stock has been…