Posts Tagged ‘calculus’

Math with The Simpsons

June 8th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, June 8, 2020, and time for Math at

ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Simpsons Math Activities

(mathsci2.appstate.edu/~sjg/simpsonsmath/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up approximately; parents should preview and supervise)

 

In many episodes of the popular animated sitcom, The Simpsons, there are references to mathematics including arithmetic, geometry, and calculus that uncover and poke fun of mathematical illiteracy. As explained at the website, “Al Jean, Executive Producer and head writer, has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvard University.”

Two math professors saw the potential to use math references in The Simpsons as an “ideal source of fun ways to introduce important concepts to students, and to reduce math anxiety and motivate students…”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction, followed by a menu that includes: 

  • Mathematics on The Simpsons – Read a few articles that reveal where and how math is used in various episodes.
  • Engaging Students with Related Mathematics – Get free “Activity Sheets” based on math references in random episodes of The Simpsons. They are designed for classroom use (but can be tweaked for homeschooling) and cover concepts such as: 
    • The Pythagorean Theorem
    • Arithmetic and Number Theory
    • Pre-Calculus and Calculus
    • Probability

You’ll also find links to media coverage in which the writers and other crew members talk about the math and science in The Simpsons‘ episodes. And there are suggestions and cautions for teachers about using pop culture in the curriculum as well.

BONUS! Mathematics on Futurama! That’s right, the science fiction cartoon series has math and science references in almost every episode. One of the comedy writers on Futurama! has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Harvard and you can read about his “inside jokes” in various episodes. The site is similar to The Simpsons math site, and contains free Futurama! math worksheets.

Note: While these programs may be pop culture icons, some contain controversial subject matter. As always, parents must preview the material and supervise Internet access.

Math Problems Solved Instantly

October 28th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, October 28, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Webmath

(http://www.webmath.com/)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

Webmath solves your math problems instantly. Are you working on a math problem and just can’t figure it out? Do need a fraction converted to a decimal quickly? Do you need to calculate compound interest on that loan? Having trouble with a long division problem? Do you want the definition of a “ratio”? Need help solving a word problem? Want to calculate right triangles? Do you want to find the square root of a number? Would you like help plotting conic sections? This site is for you!


As explained at the website: “Webmath is a math-help web site that generates answers to specific math questions and problems, as entered by a user, at any particular moment. The math answers are generated and displayed real-time, at the moment a web user types in their math problem and clicks ‘solve.’ In addition to the answers, Webmath also shows the student how to arrive at the answer.”

For example, if the user wants to know how to square the quantity (x+2), Webmath does not just display the answer x2+4x+4, but a step-by-step solution as well. 

How cool is that?

When you get to the site just choose the category for your particular math problem, fill it in, and let Webmath guide you to a solution. Categories include: 

  • Math for Everyone
  • General Math
  • K-8 Math
  • Algebra
  • Plots & Geometry
  • Trig. & Calculus
  • Other Stuff

Bookmark this site, as it not only helps with occasional math problems, but it’s fun to explore. The curious will get all kinds of math practice without any drill work at all.

Mathematics Lessons That Are Fun!

August 26th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, August 26, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mathematics Lessons That Are Fun!

(math.rice.edu/~lanius/Lessons/)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

Rice University sponsors this website that offers all kinds of FUN interactive math lessons created by math whiz and teacher Cynthia Lanius.

When you get to the site you will see a menu of math activities that cover every math strand and ability level from counting to calculus. Here are just a few of the lesson/game titles: 

  • Who Wants Pizza? – A fraction lesson using pizza slices
  • The Million Dollar Mission – A math and money fantasy that teaches about exponential growth
  • Calendar Fun – Amaze your friends by using the calendar and a little algebra.
  • Mathematics of Cartography – Who knew map-makers were mathematicians?
  • Dueling Pinwheels – A dazzling way to look at geometry

The activities at this site include lessons, instructions, and explanations of math concepts and problems – and all have an interactive game component that allows you to practice what you’ve learned. See? Math can be fun!

Math helps for all ages

July 8th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, July 8, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bitesize – Maths

(www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z6vg9j6)

Age Range: 3 and up (Grades PreK and up; children with parental supervision)

 

The BBC’s website is the quintessential online learning tool for all subjects in all grade ranges. This review features just the math section of the website.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the different levels of Math including: 

  • Early level Maths and Numeracy – Covers Numbers, Money and Time
  • 1st level Maths and Numeracy – Covers Number Processes, Fractions, Measurement, and more
  • 2nd level Maths and Numeracy – Covers Fractions and Decimals, Mathematical Skills, and more
  • 3rd level Maths – Covers Patterns and Relationships, Expressions and Equations, Data Analysis, and more
  • 4th level Maths – Covers 2D Shapes; Angle, Symmetry and Transformation; Chance and Uncertainty; and more
  • HigherMaths – Covers Algebraic and Trigonometric Skills, Geometric Skills, and Calculus Skills
  • And more

Click on the desired level to get to the topics. Then each topic has explanations, graphics and some videos to explain the topic. And for the lower levels, there are “Class Clips” – one to five minute videos, along with Classroom Ideas, that can easily be used at home as well. This is a wonderful mathematics resource for all ages.

Challenging Mathematical Puzzles

March 11th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, March 11, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Nick’s Mathematical Puzzles

(www.qbyte.org/puzzles/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website you’ll find a collection of more than 150 math puzzles that cover algebra, geometry, probability, number theory, trigonometry, calculus, and logic. They have been selected “for the deceptive simplicity of their statement, or the elegance of their solution.” While they will challenge your cleverness, the site founder Nick Hobson (who has a math degree and works in computer software) says, they “usually only require pre-college math.”

When you get to the site you will see an introduction. Above it is a menu bar that provides access to 160 puzzles. View the “Index” to see the names of the puzzles archived here. Click on any one, and a new page opens with the puzzle. You’ll see 1-4 stars next to each puzzle title that designates the level of difficulty, with four being the most difficult.

As mentioned at the website, “Explaining how an answer is arrived at is more important than the answer itself. To this end, hints, answers, and fully worked solutions are provided, together with links to related mathematical topics. Further references are provided with many of the solutions. The puzzles are intended to be fun, with an educational element.”

Free Math Courses

February 4th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, February 4, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

HippoCampus – Math

(www.hippocampus.org/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Monterey Institute for Technology and Education has made a fantastic resource available for free for individual middle school, high school, and college students to further their education.

When you get to the site, the math subjects under NROC Collection that can be selected from the menu at the left are: 

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra & Geometry
  • Calculus & Advanced Math
  • Statistics & Probability

If you select “Algebra & Geometry” for example, you’ll see a list of presentations: Algebra 1, Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra and Geometry. Choose one and a list of topics in each course will appear. Click on any one to see a 2-5 minute video explaining that topic. Use the arrow just below the video to move to the next topic, or choose whichever topic you want to view next from the list on the left of the video. (If you scroll all the way down the page, there are links to textbooks for Algebra 1, first and second semester that may help as you listen to those videos.)

These high-quality multimedia interactive lessons constitute a complete high school level course — all for FREE!  But there’s more! Other courses currently available are Biology, Chemistry, Economics, History & Government, and even Religion!

Bookmark this one. There is enough under any one of these subjects to keep a middle school, high school, or college student engaged and learning for a good long time.

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