Tag: MP2

Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones

This week Hurricane Fiona caused major damage to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean, This is the season for increased cyclonic activity around the globe.  How are hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones related? There is a measurement called the Accumulated…

3 Saint Patrick’s Day activities

Are finding four-leafed clovers really hard to do? How much dye does it take to turn the Chicago River green? If you were keeping track of your food intake, how much would a Shamrock Shake cost you?

Shrinkflation

Inflation in the cost of living, last year (2021) was estimated to be about a 7%. If “shrinkflation” is happening at the same time as general inflation, is the unit cost for those shrunk items actually raised even more than 7%?  Let’s find out.

End of Daylight Savings time confusion

In this activity students try to figure out how time settings will change as they move from place to place and what variables are involved in the daylight savings time shift. Day length? Latitude?

Indigenous Peoples or Columbus Day

*** Two activities *** When Columbus landed in Guanahani (renamed San Salvador, Bahama Islands by Columbus), he began the European settlement of the New World. Guanahani was inhabited by the Taíno people and it wasn’t really a new world. In this…

Steepness and fall hiking

Combine colorful and cool fall hiking with a little mathematics about percent grade change. What is a steep grade? Why is it in percent? How does grade change relate to slope?

Let’s learn to gerrymander

In this activity student try to redistrict our pretend state in order to preserve the overall state’s leanings in its new districting plan.  Then students redistrict the same state in a way that insures that the minority party will win the next election.

The new R-naught number

Now we’re plagued with the Delta variant of the coronavirus.  What was the original virus’ R-naught number and what has it become?

Ranked Choice Voting in NYC

New York City is still tallying its election results for a new Mayor.  This year they tried Ranked Choice Voting.  What does that mean? How does that work?  What are the ramifications of this sort of voting? Do you think that this will be a fairer and more positive way of electing a Mayor? Students experiment with the technique of tallying the votes using our flow chart and make some observations and decisions about the process.

Peeps

This activity is a investigation intended to get students and teachers to loosen up a little and appreciate how just considering a situation might lead you to a very reasonable approximation.
Too often students think that there is only one answer that is right and that the method for approaching that solution is also limited to the “correct” approach. Surely this fear of experimenting and guessing leads to math anxieties and the fear to reason and experiment.