Drag Race #wcydwt

Act 1 http://vimeo.com/29051572 What questions do you have? Act 2 Talk about why the highest horsepower might not be that fast (10,000 horsepower vehicle that you could beat with a Toyota Prius). Ask what other things are important for going fast. Is the lightest vehicle always the fastest (Would you want this 326 pound vehicle […]

Responses to NYT article on “How to Fix Our Math Education”

Original on How to Fix Our Math Education article is found here. Some great responses were mailed in. Sol Garfunkel and David Mumford are right to observe that the everyday usefulness of our high school math curriculum leaves much to be desired. But since when did practicality become the only goal of our educational system? […]

“Skinny” Diet Pepsi Can WCYDWT

Diet Pepsi will soon be available in a “taller, sassier new Skinny Can” that the company says is a “celebration of beautiful, confident women.” (Article linked by @21stcenturychem and found here.) I’ll table the discussion on whether or not this can is “sassier”, but if the can is 6 inches tall, how wide must it […]

How Many: People

(note: this post was previously under: Two problems, but it seemed better to split the two problems into separate posts. The other problem is found here.) How many people where at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear? Gave the applied math class this picture: (thanks to @samjshah for finding this image for me.) Asked for, and recorded […]

How Many: Folds

(note: this post was previously under: Two problems, but it seemed better to split the two problems into separate posts. The other problem is found here.) If you could, how many folds of a sheet of paper would it take for the thickness of the paper to reach the moon? Asked for them to write their guesses down […]

How Big is that Pumpkin?

This is the second time I’ve done this lesson.  You can read up on the previous attempt here. Quick synopsis: There is a local contest to determine how much a large pumpkin weighs, the winner receives a year Family subscription to the YMCA (worth about $800).  This contest concludes on Halloween. Step 1: Find the […]

Knockoff Project: The Aftermath

The first project that we did in Applied math was called the Knockoff Project.  This was a brand new project meant to utilize the 21st century classroom and the Project Based Learning initiative that this class is now based on.  The drive behind the project was to design a “knockoff” phone that improved on the […]

Blah blah blah blah blah

Facts: ·         Humans average 2 words per second when speaking. ·         Humans average 60 minutes per day speaking. How many words will you speak in your (average) life of 75 years? (hint: break it down to smaller questions) This is the question that the Applied Math guys worked on yesterday. (I got the question from Number Freaking, […]