## Friday, July 29, 2016

### Math Links for Week Ending July 29th, 2016

Here is a pretty neat and simple little game from @joelbezaire that deals with order of operations, dealing with variables, equations and problem solving. It's got a very low set up and seems like it has a low enough floor that most kids would be able to participate. The premiss is this. You are given a certain number of variables and a few rows of values representing those variables. The point of the game is for students to guess how the numbers are related to each other. That is a really simple explanation. Take the time to watch the tutorial video and you will probably add this to your classroom repertoire. And one of the nice things is that there are already some premade "games" ready on the website. Take a look. Thanks to @marybourassa for this one.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8, MPM1D, MFM1P
https://variableanalysisgame.wordpress.com/

Hey, it's a definite phenomenon. Pokemon Go, that is. So I did some quick analysis of the points required to level up. It turns out that those points follow an exponential pattern but along the way have some quadratic and linear sections. So if you are looking for some data to analyze that might be of interest to students take a look here.
Curriculum Tags: MPM1D, MFM1P, MPM2D, MFM2P, MCR3U, MCF3M, MBF3C, MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MHF4U
http://found-data.blogspot.ca/2016/07/is-levelling-up-in-pokemon-go.html

Hey, if you want to bring some geometry into Pokemon Go, then try this property of circles. This particular property actually doesn't show up in Ontario curriculum anymore but it still might be fun for just about any class.
Curriculum Tags: All
http://nerdist.com/the-science-and-math-behind-pokemon-go/

This is a new math worksheet builder from @altekrusejason. You may or may not have strong opinions about "worksheets" but one thing that has always been true is that creating a math worksheet with graphs and equations wasn't always easy. It looks like this might be the answer for that. Watch the video below to get a small sense of what you can do. Thanks to @SWOTeacher for this one
Curriculum Tags: All
http://jaltekruse.github.io/OpenNotebook/

Some brain imaging research on the stages of problem solving, specifically when doing math. Learning more about this could help struggling learners.
Curriculum Tags: All
http://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2016/july/problem-solving-stages.html

How old is the worlds oldest calculator? Maybe 60 BC
Curriculum Tags: All
https://theconversation.com/what-the-worlds-oldest-calculator-tells-us-about-the-ancient-greeks-view-of-the-universe-62234

Have you ever wondered how many possible YouTube videos there could possibly be? Spoiler alert. It's a lot. Some good number sense with big numbers here from @standupmaths.
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW6LYuli7VU

I do love quadratic based images like this one from @RobbieMaddison jumping the Corinth Chasm. I have more from the quadratic realm here if you are interested.
Curriculum Tags: MPM2D, MFM2P, MCR3U, MCF3M, MBF3C
https://sites.google.com/site/wecdsbdi/numeracy-support/grade-10-applied-math-resources/unit-6-quadratic-equations/quadratic-images
Taking pictures from a helicopter reveal all kinds of symmetry in New York and LA. Click on the link for more images
Curriculum Tags: Gr7, Gr8
http://www.lostateminor.com/2016/07/29/aerial-photos-of-nyc-and-la-reveal-symmetry-hiding-in-plain-sight/

A photo posted by Jeffrey Milstein (@jeffreymilstein) on