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Steve Means

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Re: Real World Problems (fwd)
Posted: Jun 14, 1995 6:47 PM
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Judy Roitman asked me to post some examples of projects. Students keep
track of who is doing what in a shared file on networked computers. Here
are some of our current topics:

Using Mathematica to support Intermediate Algebra
Students learn the program and train their fellow students to use it in
support of their projects and course work.

Comparison of human and shark sensory organs.

Parametric curves

A comparison of measuring systems.


UNIX operating system as it supports math and science work.

The mathematics of economy and style.

Navigation Methods

Cross-Stich and Embroidery

The Art of Maurits Escher

The use of matrices in visualization

Bicycle Design

Photography, From correct exposure to proper print.

Handwriting Analysis compared to Self Perceptions

Set Design for Taming of the Shrew

Curve Fitting from data points generated by various devices.

Parachute Design (tested on eggs dropped from school roof).

Once a topic is specified then a couple months are spent exploring the
ways in which mathematics can be used to support work on the topic. Then
a data gathering process is designed. Students then try to build
formulas and algorithms to handle specific tasks. For instance, the
young lady who is presenting cross-stitch has produced formulas to
predict the amount of floss needed to complete a given design based on
variable characteristics. Most projects include quite a variety of
physical objects. Most projects require considerable computing power to
handle the data. Most projects require graphing, charting, and

from Steven S. Means
Math and Technology Teacher at Sammamish High School

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