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Author:Sarah J. Greenwald and Andrew Nestler
Description: The animated sitcom The Simpsons "contains over a hundred instances of mathematics, many designed to expose and poke fun at innumeracy," which make it "an ideal source of fun ways to introduce important concepts to students, and to reduce math anxiety and motivate students." Get activity sheets and discussion prompts about the Pythagorean Theorem, two- and three-dimensional geometry, and other topics in geometry and topology; pi, Fermat's Last Theorem, and other arithmetic and number theory topics; freefall, derivatives, and more calculus; and the probability of lotteries. Also read a transcript of Greenwald and Nestler's 15-minute presentation "r dr r: Engaging Students with Significant Mathematical Content from The Simpsons"; consult the "Guide to Mathematics and Mathematicians on The Simpsons"; and read about the mathematical backgrounds of the writers of this popular TV show. Also available from http://www.mathsci.appstate.edu/~sjg/simpsonsmath/.

Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Lesson Plans and Activities, Fun for Kids, Humor
Math Topics: Pi, Calculus (Single Variable), Higher-Dimensional Geometry, Triangles and Other Polygons, Number Theory, Probability
Math Ed Topics: Public Understanding of Math

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