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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?” …


Working with measurement in 3D – Explore and Think – with the fx-CG20 AU

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-CG20 AU.

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CG601 Drawing a ‘dynamic’ graph

This short video shows how to draw an animated ‘dynamic’ graph showing the effect of changing a parameter upon the graph of a function, using the Dyna Graph app of a CASIO fx-CG series graphics calculator. CG20 AU and CG50 AU versions presented. In particular, the effect of changing the gradient value “m” in a linear function of the form y=mx+c is addressed.

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CG514 Finding x and y values using a graph

This short video shows how to determine a function’s x and y values from its graph, using the Graph app of a CASIO fx-CG series graphics calculator. CG20 AU and CG50 AU versions presented.

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CG515 Changing a graph’s View Window

This short video shows how to change a graph’s View Window, using the Graph app of a CASIO fx-CG series graphics calculator, and discusses some of the advantages and disadvantages of different View Window settings. CG20 AU and CG50 AU versions are presented.

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Seeing double (ClassPad)

This is a replacement unit introducing algebraic identities including the distributive law, perfect squares and the difference of two squares, general binomial expansion and factorisation and completing the square. The unit exploits the world of animation to reinforce student’s notion of variable. The unit comes with pre-made ClassPad files that sequentially build up animated paddocks that confront student’s notions of equivalence. They are then challenge to express this equivalence symbolically and from this the algebraic identities flow. The unit also includes ‘drill’ sections to assist students in the automation of these most important algebraic skills.

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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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Stacked Exponents – Explore and Think – with the fx-CG20 AU

This Explore and Think activities looks at truly BIG numbers, and explores the idea of a “stacked exponent”, how big such numbers are and how they are calculated.
EAT activities include student worksheets accompanied by solutions/teacher notes that feature step-by-step support for the use of the CASIO fx-CG20 AU.

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