I love collecting links to articles with fun math applications. Here are three of my recent favorites.
Is it cheaper to live in Vegas and commute to work in San Francisco? This article says so, and it’s a perfect base for a meaningful math project.
Intriguing, authentic data can make or break a math project. I keep a list of bookmarks to surprising data I’ve found around the web. But what if you know what data you want to find? Sure, you could Google it, but an even better source is Wolfram Alpha, especially if you’d like to work with […]
In the paper, I read about Norway’s dominance of the Winter Olympics, despite being a tiny country. I love this juxtaposition of unexpected data! Let’s turn it into a math project. Here are some questions I thought of…
What kind of math project could you build based on the shrinking dimensions of seats on the Boeing 777?
What if you want to buy a big gift that’s cheap for its size? By calculating the volume of the object, we can find how much each cubic inch costs. Measured by price per volume, Thomas is 250 times more expensive than a big outdoor slide!
Sometimes I find authentic data, but it doesn’t necessarily have an obvious conflict. The measurements of the Great Pyramid are cool, but where’s the conflict? What draws students in if they’re not inherently interested in pyramids?
As a teenager, I loved monitoring the weekend’s box office results. This kind of data is exciting, oozing with built in conflict. It sets up questions that require math to answer.
Let’s develop a math project to challenge students who have demonstrated a mastery of multiplication and are ready to explore its applications. We’ll count the parking spaces in the Disneyland parking structure!
If you’re attempted to differentiate your math program through preassessment, I’m sure you’ve stumbled across students who have already demonstrated mastery of an upcoming unit. Typically, we try to come up with something deep and meaningful for these students to work on while we instruct the class. This, however, is a tricky problem with no simple solution.