Posts Tagged ‘Maths’

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Why do so many students HATE MATH? … um, you know, BOREDOM

September 28, 2019

According to ‘Bored Out of Their Minds’, an article by ZACHARY JASON in The Harvard Ed Magazine (2017):

Boredom accounts for nearly a third of the variation in student achievement. 

Half of high school dropouts cite boredom as their primary motivator for leaving.

Boredom begins for Math students at Grade 6 when students (Common Core Standards, USA) tackle more abstract concepts such as linear eqns, exponents, probability, geometry and so on.

Math curriculums in the USA, UK & Australia all demand students solve REAL LIFE problems. Too often these are of the type:

Q. Ronaldo has tethered his goat on a 12ft rein in the corner of a 20ft square field. What area can the goat graze?

THE ANS: Who cares?

Simple.

Ask students maths questions which have answers they want to know.

Students really don’t care about Ronaldo’s goat, but here are some questions which involve intriguing answers they might want to work out. And many of these questions involve funny or age-relevant activities, which also helps engagement.

1. Mean, Median STATS: Mean, Median and Coffee: Busting an Urban Myth

2. Parabolas: Can you beat the 12-14 yo World Record for a Watermelon Pip spit?

3. Geometry: Build a Freestanding Tower

Rates (Speed) & Units:

4a. The Terrifying Math of Running from a bear

USA Units

METRIC UNITS

4b. How old is your hair?

5. Decimals, %, Volume: What Volume of alcohol is lethal for teens?

6. Decimals, Algebra, Weight Units

How much blood can a kid lose and survive?

USA UNITS

Metric Units

Graph Hunger Game Math

7. GEOMETRY. Angles

Why killer heels can kill!

Any Topic:

8. Middle School Math Photo Scavenger Hunt

9. Write Your Own Math Song

Space Math Song here

10. Make a Math Poster

EVEN TEACHERS GET BORED!!!

The average time it takes an audience at a conference to switch off is 11 minutes. Keep in mind this audience is, at least, being paid to be bored witless.

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Can you escape a FALLING TREE?

August 24, 2019

Tragically, 5 people have been killed by falling trees in Victoria, Australia, this Winter. 

In 3 separate accidents, 4 died when trees crushed the occupants in cars. One victim was a pedestrian.

So if you were walking through a park could you escape a falling tree if you either heard a cracking sound or saw the tree starting to fall?

With thanks to Physics Stack Exchange.

For an inverted pendulum near the top of its arc, there is no period, but the quantity ℎ/𝑔 does represent a characteristic time scale for this system. The tree will take a few of these characteristic times to fall.

Mathspig hates seeing an old tree felled, but it does give us the necessary time data.

 

There are many assumptions in these calculations.

*You’d be hit by the tree trunk, not a branch which would hit you sooner.

*There is no wind pushing the tree over.

*The tree falling is an approx to a reverse pendulum.

 

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The Equation that tried to break the internet!!!

August 3, 2019

The following equation went viral on Twitter like the Yanni & Laurel sound Tweet. What answer do you get?

The Equation that tried to stump the internet! New York Times

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FRANTIC FRIDAY: Crazy Math Word Maze USA edition

June 3, 2019

PDF file: Crazy math maze work sheet 1 USA

PDF file: Crazy math maze work sheet 2 USA

CRAZY MATH MAZE WORKSHEET ANSWER

PDF File: Crazy math maze work sheet ANS USA

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FRANTIC FRIDAY: Crazy Maths Word Maze UK edition

June 2, 2019

PDF file: 1. Crazy math maze work sheet 1 UK

PDF file: 2. Crazy math maze work sheet 2 UK

CRAZY MATHS MAZE WORKSHEET ANSWER

PDF file: 3. Crazy math maze work sheet ANS UK

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Sound Math 1: Good Vibrations!

May 1, 2019

There is so much maths around sound, but sound is simple.

Sound is made by something vibrating in air. The vibrations create waves and these pressure waves hit your ear.

Projects Studio Handbook HARMONICS

This is a vibration plate. Sand collects in the areas which do not vibrate and create patterns. The patterns are called CHLADNI figures.

In fact, the sand collects in places where standing waves – waves that cancel each other out – form. The rest of the plate is vibrating and making the sound.

You will find more info about this violin shaped vibration plate here.

The frequency of the sound creating this Chladni pattern is shown in Hertz Hz (no. pressure waves per second that his your ear) is shown  for each pattern. (More about frequency in following posts)

Other Sound Math:

Make a match Box sing like Sinatra

The Curious Nature of Drummers’ Brains

Headbanger Maths

Pump Up the volume or Knock, Knock Knockin on Your skull wall!

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Sound Math 2: Can you hear this high pitch sound?

April 29, 2019

One of the best summaries of sound can be found here at Maths is Fun

Other Sound Math:

Make a match Box sing like Sinatra

The Curious Nature of Drummers’ Brains

Headbanger Maths

Pump Up the volume or Knock, Knock Knockin on Your skull wall!