Friday, February 25, 2011

Activities for last day before March break

First: Inspired by Dan Meyer's webinar yesterday to begin each class with something interesting, showed this today:

Hans Rosling's 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes - The Joy of Stats - ...

Rich discussion followed, as you can imagine. What's in quotations came from them, otherwise I asked and got them to jump in (who's shutting up? I am!)
  • "what a cool way to show 200 countries"
  • how many dimensions are there to this graph - it's not just two! Has a time element, a country element, a size of country element - did we just look at the Fifth Dimension (and they don't know there was once a fabulous group called that)
  • "is that why everything is made in China nowadays?"
  • "didn't know WW1 and flu could have that much impact on world population"
  • "I'm going to show this to my Contemporary Issues teacher"
  • "Where's Congo?"
  • "Where's Luxembourg?"
  • I love the accent, this one I can't do, but I'm working on it

2. Another fun activity today, one I have used many times, came from the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives, an absolutely awesome resource:

They did two puzzles that looked like this:
They manipulated the coloured shapes right on their screen so that they fit perfectly into the two white get the idea, it's about proving Pythagoras, something they never cared about before! Even more fun was when they learned what the "print screen" button on their keyboards was for! "OMG it's a picture of MY screen!" They then sent their solutions to me. I had 100% participation. Okay, in one class there was only one kid...still true!

Tonight we're gonna blog, blog, bla-bla-bla-blog! (to be sung to the tune of that Ke$ha song)

Awesome posts and awesome comments from this week:

 From Matthew: His question was just amazing, and funny, pretty much just like himself:
Question:  A man wishes to fly around the earth many times.  He starts from his house and begins flying in the same direction.  Ignoring wind resistance, (his plane is so small it cuts through any wind) and not stopping to re-fuel or eat (he has solar panels with large batteries on his wings, and he is in cryogenic stasis so he doesn’t need food), he flies at a constant speed.  After 20 days he is a quarter away around the earth and 10 000km away from his house in distance.  After 40 days he is half way around the earth and is 20 000km away from his house in distance.  How far will he be from his house after a year of constantly flying around the Earth?
From Amelia: Check out the exquisite use of language:
Today in class we continued going over and exploring yesterday’s notes. We began with going over how to find the two sets of zeroes by using your calculator. You must punch the equation into the calculator and than use the “calc” -> “zeroes” button to manually place the cursor on the left than right side of the zero. Once you have found the first zero (we typically call that the heart zero) we form an equation to be able to find any other zero that is a period away. We must remember that there could be two sets of zeroes due to the l.o.o being above or bellow y=0. This is because if the l.o.o is above or below y=0 than the function on the graph will have two sets of zeroes that are separated by the period, but the sets will be of different but recurring distances from one another.
From Mickael: Just wonderful. Period.

Solving Trig Equations With Algebra and Memory!!!

Today in math class miss Mc Goldrick showed us a way to find the zeroes of equations by algebra and memory. Pushing our math skills even further.
-first of all we started with a simple trig eq. we started off with cos(theta)=-1. Then we had to find which of this angle correspondes to -1. to do so you have to remember the unit circle and find which of the angles has an x coordinate of -1. As it turns out the answer is pi. but not only pi we also have to include all the coterminals.
(theta)=pi,3pi,5pi,7pi… or (theta)=-pi,-3pi,-5pi…
The way to write this as to include all the possible answers is
Simple huh :P
But my favourite comment was from Charlene:
Today I wasn’t in class, so watching the archive and RIGHT AWAY reading the blog post is a great way for me to catch up! I see both points of view in a matter of one hour.
I’m really relieved not to have to rely on Jeremy’s calculator anymore to find zeros, although I’m having a bit of an issue remembering the angles in the B17, and same for the coordinates that go with it. This might actually be a good thing because it’s going to force me to remember them!

This job rocks. Days like this, I honestly can't believe they pay me to do this.

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