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Math in the News


Look at current events through the lens of math. Our Math in the News presents real-world math in downloadable PowerPoint formats to easily incorporate into your lessons. 

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Math in the News: The Spread of the Corona Virus

In this issue of Math in the News, we explore exponential models using data for the Corona Virus. This is a downloadable PowerPoint presentation, but online is provided as a Google Slide Show. This includes graphing calculator activities for the TI-Nspire and Desmos. Note: The download is the PPT file.

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Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

Math in the News: Issue 72--Box Office Flop!

August 2013. In this issue we analyze why the movie the Lone Ranger is considered a box office flop, even though it has earned nearly $100 million. We analyze box office data. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Data Analysis, Sequences

Math in the News: Issue 88--Examining the Polar Vortex

January 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we examine the Polar Vortex. We examine the physics of the cyclonic winds that make up the Polar Vortex and under what conditions the current expansion of Arctic weather affects a large part of the United States. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Applications of Circles

Math in the News: Issue 104--The Decline of Radio Shack

December 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we analyze the reasons why Radio Shack has struggled as a business. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 73--County Fairs and Funnel Cakes

August 2013. In this issue we look at the geometry of funnel cakes. You'll like the sweet results. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Surface Area, Volume

Math in the News: Issue 89--Who Will Win Super Bowl XLVIII?

January 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we look at football statistics to examine who stands the best chance of winning Super Bowl XLVIII. This is an excellent opportunity for data analysis. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 105--Movie Statistics: 2014

January 2015. In this issue of Math in the News we review box office statistics for the previous year. Note: The download is the PPT file.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 74--Are You Driving Less?

August 2013. In this issue we look at the University of Michigan Study on American driving habts. The results show that Americans are driving less. But why is this? We look at the data and draw some conclusion. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 90--America's Candy Crush

February 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we look at economic data around Valentine's Day purchases. We look at data in tables and graphs and try to account for trends in the data. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 106--A Box Office Monster!

July 2015. In this issue of Math in the News we analyze the amazing box office success of the recently released Jurassic World. This provides an excellent application of data analysis and linear equations. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Applications of Linear Functions, Standard Form, Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 75--A Swim for the Ages

August 2013. In this issue we look at Diana Nyad's remarkable swim from Cuba to Florida. It becomes an opportunity to explore Average Speed. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 91--Sochi Math

February 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we look at applications of math from the Sochi Olympics. Specifically we look at ski jumping and develop a quadratic model based on given data. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Applications of Quadratic Functions

Math in the News: Issue 107--Thanksgiving Temps

November 2015. In this issue of Math in the News we explore logarithmic functions to model the thawing of frozen turkeys. We look at USDA guidelines to determine data points and use a graphing calculator to create mathematical models. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

Math in the News: Issue 76--Back to the Moon!

September 2013. In this issue we look at NASA's newest Moon mission, the LADEE robotic probe. It becomes an opportunity to explore linear and logarithmic equations used in rocketry. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Applications of Linear Functions

Math in the News: Issue 92--How Netflix Is Changing Media

February 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we look at the dramatic growth in subscribers for Netflix. We calculate the rate of growth. We also explore how companies like Netflix are changing the viewing habits of all Americans. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

Math in the News: Issue 108--Star Wars: The Box Office Awakens!

January 2016. In this issue of Math in the News we explore the dramatic box office returns of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It provides an excellent opportunity to apply concepts of linear systems. Note: The download is a PPT.

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Applications of Linear Systems, Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 77--Voyager Breaks Free

September 2013. In this issue we look at Voyager 1's amazing milestone: Leaving our Solar System and entering interstellar space. This provides an excellent opportunity to explore large numbers using scientific notation. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Numerical Expressions, Variable Expressions

Math in the News: Issue 93--Saving for College

February 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we look at the investment strategy known as Dollar Cost Averaging. We explore several simulated scenarios and look at the pros and cons of this strategy. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 109--Was Ali the Greatest?

July 2016. In this issue of Math in the News we look at Muhammad Ali's boxing record and compare his record to other boxers. Note: The download is a PPT.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 78--Salvaging the Costa Concordia

September 2013. In this issue we look at the impressive engineering effort in raising the Costa Concordia, a cruise ship that sank off the Italian coast. This provides an opportunity to study vectors in the context of physics. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Surface Area, Volume

Math in the News: Issue 94--Winter's Impact on Florida's Orange Crop

March 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we look at the impact of a harsh winter on Florida's orange crop. In addition we look at an ongoing problem that orange production has had with a crop infestation. This provides opportunities to apply percent change formulas to real-world data. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 110--Summer Travel

August 2016. In this issue of Math in the News calculate average speed to various vacation destinations when traveling by car. Note: The download is a PPT.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 79--The End of an Era?

September 2013. In this issue we take a second look at Blackberry's financial woes. This is a follow-up report from Issue 52, where we looked at the company's revenue problems. Here we examine its final fate. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 95--The Iditarod Race

March 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we look at the Iditarod Race in Alaska. This gives us an opportunity to analyze data on average speed. We look at data in tables and line graphs and analyze the winning speeds over the history of the race. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 111--Summer Blockbusters

August 2016. In this issue of Math in the News, look at real world box office data to analyze what makes a movie a blockbuster. Note: The download is a PPT.

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Data Analysis