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Simplex & The Science Of Burger Making

The simplex algorithm, sometimes dubbed the world’s most powerful, sits at the heart of linear programming. Classically the subject of tertiary-level study, Dantzig’s simplex algorithm can be used to solve important problems like how to make a ‘better’ burger patty. …

DOGBALL 2.0 – A Study of Bounce – Part 1

Dogball is an enigma. The bouncy toy exterior hides a rich yet accessible modelling task within; a delicious intersection of maths and science, a potential PSMT/Folio task for Stage 1 Mathematical Methods featuring low floor, high ceiling and room for …

DOGBALL 2.0 – A Study of Bounce – Part 2 (Solution)

Below is a video outlining a solution answering the questions posed in the resource “Dogball 2.0 – A Study of Bounce – Part 1“. It is not intended to be the best or only way to answer these questions. It …

As Big As Can Be

The introductory videos introduce students to a complete unit of work, a study of quadratic functions. The unit starts with a geometric optimisation problem (paper folding) that prompts students to ask the question “is that as big as can be?” …


Below you can access: DOGBALL.pdf – a currently-brief but mostly complete summary of the activity you experienced. vdbcgraw.csv – the csv file of the data we used in the activity – which is a subset of the data that was …

Generosity – an approach to fractions and percentages.

This unit uses the context of generosity to introduce a need to have a fractional way of thinking about something.

It develops a way of thinking about fractions – the for-every idea – that is the elusive multiplicative model.

Developed over about 5 years, this approach has been tried and seems to work. 🙂

Mental-jaunt #2 (February 4, 2014)

jaunt (noun) a short excursion or journey for pleasure mental-jaunt (noun) a short mental excursion or mental journey for pleasure, nothing too heavy! Mental-jaunts are trails that will evoke certain ways of thinking that are very helpful both in understanding more complex …

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Mental-jaunt #1 (Feb 14, 2013)

To students (of all ages):

**jaunt (noun)**
a short excursion or journey for pleasure

**mental-jaunt (noun)**
a short mental excursion or mental journey for pleasure, nothing too heavy!

Have a go at mental-jaunt #1 – a wee journey with numbers.

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Continued fractions – Explore and Think

In this Explore and Think activity students go on a journey through their investigation of continued fractions. This journey has the potential to feature such highlights as recursion and convergence, the fibonacci sequence and phi, quadratic equations and similarity. It could be a short stroll or an epic adventure, depending on its treatment.

EAT activities include student worksheets accompanied by solutions/teacher notes that feature step-by-step support for the use of the CASIO fx-82AU PLUS.


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Cup Snakes – Describing Linear Change

A video introduction presents the mathematics of cup snakes, a hands on phenomena involving additive change that gives rise to a way to think about linear growth. Modeling this phenomena theoretically, with the help of two cups, and through data, with the help of many, many cups, these videos give rise to some of the big ideas around developing and using linear algebraic models to describe additive bi-variate change. These ideas are then unpacked in the accompanying ‘chapter replacement’ booklet.