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.
A comparison of measuring systems.
UNIX operating system as it supports math and science work.
Architecture The mathematics of economy and style.
Cross-Stich and Embroidery
The Art of Maurits Escher
The use of matrices in visualization
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 emonstrations.
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