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Parametric Equations Project - All the Mathy Details  Posted on 04/12/2014
So, I decided to do a parametric equations animation project in Precalc this year. I decided to structure this in phases. Day 1, everyone had to design some motion in their head and get it "checked off" by me as feasible. The...
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Precalculus Parametric Projects - a Sneak Peek  Posted on 04/10/2014
Here is another parametric equations playground, this time with some of my students' work! geogebratube.org/student/mX8LkY8Om I plan to write soon about why I liked this assignment and how I used these particular ones to stretch our...
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Algebra 2 Picture of Functions Project  Posted on 04/05/2014
This is definitely not a new idea on the web, but this is my first time doing a functions pictures project with my students! I am really excited to see the final outcome. What a GREAT way to teach restricted domain, technology / math...
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My Turtle Adventure  Posted on 04/02/2014
This is off-topic, but here is my recent personal pet project: I made a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume for Geoff and me, in preparation for a local Comic-Con!I had seen some photos of someone else's home-made TMNT costume, and...
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Exponential Growth and Sustainability  Posted on 03/20/2014
I recently got interested in the idea of exponential growth in the "real world," and a little bit of research got me thinking about the possibility of framing a math project surrounding the idea of exponential growth and...
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Parametric Playground  Posted on 03/15/2014
I'm playing around with the idea of letting kids design and create an animation via parametric equations in GeoGebra. To play around with the idea myself, I tried to come up with some possible motions. Basically, I think that any...
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Creative Problem-Solving on the Rollercoaster Project  Posted on 03/14/2014
This is going to be a fuzzy-wuzzy post maybe. But, I wanted to write down how much I loved reading through the math work of my Calculus students, who completed those wonderful rollercoasters!In the end, they took a variety of approaches:*...
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Rollercoaster project SUCCESS!  Posted on 03/08/2014
And (drum rolls), here are all the other rollercoaster projects! They are wonderful! The basic requirements are that they must have 5 segments, and it must be smooth and continuous at all points. The leftmost and rightmost x values must...
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Rollercoaster Sweetness  Posted on 03/07/2014
The first Calculus rollercoaster project file has come in! It looks like this:Not bad! Let's hope all the other ones will look like this tomorrow. I'll be verrrrry happy. They're also supposed to turn in a 3-D form of this,...
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Itty-Bitty Update!  Posted on 02/28/2014
Ok, quickie update. If you want more info about anything, you can dig through my current lesson plans here. 1. Life is still busy, but I am finally feeling myself again at work. Despite some rough times behind me, I am feeling pretty good...
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