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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?” …

Describing change (ClassPad)

This replacement unit introduces algebraic models (linear and simple exponential) to describe change in the world around us. The fitting of models to bivariate data is approached via the underlying properties of constant additive or multiplicative change. The unit contains a wealth of data drawn from a range of aspects of the modern world. Extensive notes are provided on the use of ClassPad technology. A .vcp file contains all unit’s data in a Spreadsheet, and also as Statistics variables.


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The wind in your sails (ClassPad)

This is a replacement unit to facilitate the teaching and learning of right-angle triangle trigonometry. The students begin by ‘learning’ how to sail a boat and then engage with various aspects of sailing and as a result learn about the fundamental trigonometric ratios. The unit comes with pre-made ClassPad Geometry files that enable the students to sail virtual boats, collect data on their sailing and through this learn about trigonometric ratios. The unit includes traditional learning and problems as well as some not so traditional learning.


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A prime experience (ClassPad)

Many students know what a prime number is, but outside of that and perhaps prime factorisation what else do they do (in school) with these amazing creatures? This unit charts a path for students through the prime’s landscape along which they discover sexy primes (among others), prove and generally get to behave very much like a mini-mathematician. Workshops on this unit have been offered in a number of states previously. We do not think you will have seen a tried and proven learning sequence like this before.


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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 …

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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Developing and using regression models – Explore and Think – with the fx-CG20 AU

In this Explore and Think activity students utilise the ability of handheld technology to readily develop regression models for bivariate data. The data at hand is of atmospheric carbon dioxide and global temperature in the current era – a context within which modeling and extrapolation is both meaningful and relevant.
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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CGA21 Finding the roots of polynomials

This short video shows how to find the roots of a polynomial function up to degree 6, using the Equation app of a CASIO fx-CG series graphics calculator. CG20 AU and CG50 AU versions presented.

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