 # pop culture math

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view: In this activity students calculate a Sabermetric baseball statistic and then analyze it to look for patterns. A computer lab is required for this activity since it uses Excel and online baseball statistics. The motivation for this activity is the
Subjects:
Statistics
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities
\$1.00
1 In this activity students learn how to convert between hexadecimal and decimal notation and then use this knowledge applied to HTML colors. This activity is motivated by a scene in The Simpsons.
Subjects:
Numbers
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
\$1.00
1 In this activity students find the theoretical probabilities of winning a coin toss and a round of Rock, Paper, Scissors. They are given articles to read that discuss strategies for winning these games and then asked to devise their own strategy.
Subjects:
Math, Applied Math, Statistics
11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Activities
\$6.00
\$5.00
2 This activity gives students a chance to practice graphing inequalities while solving a crime. It is motivated by an episode of Numb3rs.
Subjects:
Algebra
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities
\$1.00
1 In this activity students figure out the formulas for compound interest compounded once a year, multiple times, and continuously. A clip from the movie The Bank is used to introduce the idea and a clip from Futurama is used to give a practice
Subjects:
Algebra
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
\$1.50
1 In this activity students find the centroid, orthocenter, and circumcenter of various triangles. The motivation for this activity is an episode of The Cosby Show.
Subjects:
Geometry
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
\$1.25
1 In this activity students are guided through a discovery of the standard deviation formula and then they explore how variations in the data affect its value. A clip from Everybody Loves Raymond is used to show an example of standard deviation.
Subjects:
Applied Math, Measurement
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
\$1.50 In this activity students create a model for Alice from Alice in Wonderland as she grows and shrinks. Students should know how to solve exponential equations.
Subjects:
Algebra, Word Problems
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities
\$1.50 This activity guides students through a discovery of u-substitution using a clip from The Simpsons as a way to motivate interest.
Subjects:
Calculus
12th, Higher Education
Types:
Activities
\$2.50
\$2.00
1 In this activity students first go through a set of examples exploring the definitions of functions, one-to-one, and onto (they will have to have previously learned the definitions). Then they view a clip from Top Chef to motivate the Pigeonhole
Subjects:
Algebra
8th
Types:
Activities
\$1.00
1 A clip from The Big Bang Theory is used to motivate students to study properties of palindrome numbers.
Subjects:
Numbers, Other (Math)
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Activities
\$2.00 In this activity the movie Dumbo is used as a motivator to have students create a model. Students will draw a graph and then figure out the equation of their graph. Depending on the shape they choose, the activity is set up for the graph to be
Subjects:
Applied Math, Graphing, Algebra 2
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
\$3.00
\$2.25 In this activity students watch a clip from Futurama and work with a formula given by The Professor. The first part uses series and modeling. The second part uses exponential growth. Students should be familiar with the harmonic series and the
Subjects:
Calculus
12th
Types:
Activities
\$1.00 See how you can incorporate a clip from the movie Mean Girls into your Calculus classroom. One scene features a limit. Students will evaluate the limit shown in the movie. This activity requires students to know L'Hopital's Rule, infinite limits,
Subjects:
Calculus
12th, Higher Education
Types:
Activities
FREE This activity uses a clip from the movie Pay it Forward to give students practice modelling with an exponential function.
Subjects:
Algebra, Applied Math
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities
FREE
1 In this activity students learn and explore the meaning of absolute value using a clip from the television show The Wonder Years.
Subjects:
Numbers
6th
Types:
Activities
FREE In this activity students learn how to complete the square in a guided step-by-step process. There is an optional problem to derive the quadratic formula by completing the square. This activity is enhanced by using a clip from The Wonder Years.
Subjects:
Algebra
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities
FREE In this activity students explore an incorrect statement about isosceles triangles that the scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz makes. Then students explore right triangles with a related clip from The Simpsons.
Subjects:
Geometry
8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities
\$1.50 In this activity students learn a little game theory. A clip from The Princess Bride is used to introduce the concept of common knowledge. Students then work through two logic puzzles.
Subjects:
Other (Math)
11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
FREE
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I have 13 years teaching experience at a liberal arts college. I teach mathematics and mathematics education classes. I am also the graduate director for the masters in mathematics education.

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Ed.D. Teachers College, Columbia University in Mathematics Education B.A. and M.A. Binghamton University in Mathematics