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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?” …


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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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.


Working with nested radicals – Explore and Think

In this Explore and Think activity students work with surds in different and fruitful ways. The idea of nested radicals leads students from the evaluation of some funny-looking surd expressions through to the making of conjectures. These conjectures can be proved via the solution of a quadratic equation.

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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Working with measurement in 3D – Explore and Think

This Explore and Think activity presents a different take on the measurement of volume and the study of solids. Inspired by some of Australia’s most iconic scultures, cones and cylinders take on a whole new dimension.

These simple shapes lead to some complex and interesting analysis involving trigonometry and, ultmately, to the errors and issues that arise in the interaction between two and three dimensions.

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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Working with ellipses – Explore and Think

This Explore and Think activity focusses on an ellipse-based diagram that claims to represent the percentage of green space in some of the world’s cities.

A study of this diagram suggests that something is not right – and then leads to an analysis involving length and area, measurement and ratio.

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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ACMNA240 (Year 10) – Solve linear equations …. alg. fractions ….

A selection of test questions and solutions for ACMNA240 (Year 10).

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ACMMG244 (Year 10) – Apply logical reasoning ….

A selection of test questions and solutions for ACMMG244 (Year 10).

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