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OVERVIEW In Astronomy, students learn about the solar system and their relationship to it from a mathematical perspective. They investigate the Sun-Moon-Earth system and the characteristics, sizes, and distances of planets in the solar system. They construct a small refracting telescope and learn how it functions. They explore gravity and orbits, distinguish between weight and mass, and relate the kinetic energy equation to crater impacts. STUDENT OBJECTIVES
In this MATH Expedition, students analyze data concerning population growth and available resources for a fictional city. They create and graph linear and exponential functions from the data to determine trends.
How do population growth, employment growth, and resource availability affect people’s decisions in relocating to an urban setting?
OVERVIEW In BioEngineering, students explore topics related to kinesiology and sports performance. They cover mathematical concepts including measuring and classifying angles, absolute values, positive and negative rational numbers, data collection, and simple algebra. Students perform flexibility tests, take digital images of the tests, and use the computer to analyze their flexibility. STUDENT OBJECTIVES
In the Building with Patterns MATH Expedition, students examine patterns used to build and design tetrahedron and box kites. The patterns include both physical and economic models that are associated with building both styles of kites. Students build a base model and then expand the model to more complex arrangements.
How can functions help investors make wise decisions?
In the Built to Last MATH Expedition, students work as chief engineers of a high-rise construction project that is having to make adjustments to the project due to earthquake concerns.
What ways can math be used to predict how best to maintain safety while minimizing costs in building construction?
In this MATH Expedition, students compete as designers of bungee cords, using rubber band chains as their bungee cords. The students create three bungee cords: one that will allow for the fewest measurable bounces of a mass, one that will allow for the greatest number of measurable bounces of a mass, and one that will allow for a mass to come closest to the ground without any part of the mass touching the ground. To create the best design in each category, the students conduct a series of tests on several types of rubber bands. Then, they graph and analyze their data to determine any linear or exponential relationships.
What can make a regular bungee jump even more exciting?
OVERVIEW Are you curious how chemists determine what to put together and just what quantity to use when making things such as perfume or medicine? In Chemical Math, students see the math that chemists use on a daily basis. Students balance equations, solve inequalities, use scientific notation, and learn basic chemistry concepts. Students use Avogadro’s number and create Lewis dot structures of atoms. In Chemical Math, the numbers behind chemistry are the focus. STUDENT OBJECTIVES
In this MATH Expedition, students design a competitive and fair dragster competition. Throughout the Expedition, students use measurement and units to guide them as they decide on rules for the competition, what kind of design specifications or constraints to place on the dragsters, how winners will be determined, and how race results will be communicated. Several experiments with the AP Mini Dragster and its launch system are conducted. Students use the data from these experiments to determine appropriate units for measurement and use dimensional analysis to convert units from one measurement system to another. Students also investigate the roles that accuracy and precision play in making the competition fair for all participants.
What factors contribute to the design of a competitive, yet fair, competition?