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Math in the News: Issue 1--The Fukushima Earthquake

March 2011. A comparison of the Japanese earthquake near Fukushima to the one in the Sichuan Province of China in 2008. We also look at the resulting tsunami that hit the Japanese coast. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

Math in the News: Issue 10--Invasion: Cicada!

5/23/11. In this issue we look at the swarm of cicadas along the Midwest and South. This periodic occurrence of cicadas is explored mathematically. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Trigonometric Functions

Math in the News: Issue 100--Late Night TV Ratings

July 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we look at the mathematics of the Nielsen Ratings. This provides an excellent application of ratios, proportions, and percents. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 101--Comet Landing

November 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we examine the historic landing of a spacecraft on an asteroid in space. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Applications of Quadratic Functions

Math in the News: Issue 102--Why Ebola Is So Dangerous

November 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we examine the ebola virus. We develop a matematical model for viral growth to show why it is such a dangerous virus. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

Math in the News: Issue 103--Gas Prices: Why Are They Decreasing?

December 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we analyze data in tabular and graphic formats to investigate the changing price of gasoline. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

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.

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.

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.

Data Analysis

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.

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.

Data Analysis, Applications of Linear Systems

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.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 11--Taxing Tobacco

5/30/11. In this issue we look at the subject of taxation of tobacco products. Many states are using such taxes to meet budget shortfalls. What are the unintended consequences of these taxes? Note: The download is a PPT file.

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.

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.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 112--Back-to-School Purchases

September 2016. In this issue of Math in the News, we look at back-to-school purchases and the impact that different tax rates have on the total cost. Note: The download is a PPT.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 113--Olympic Power

November 2016. In this issue of Math in the News, we look at the history of the Olympics. Note The download is a PPT.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 114--Thanksgiving Dinner Grocery Shopping

November 2016. In this issue of Math in the News, we look at the history of Thanksgiving, as well as the cost of preparing the historically relevant meal. Note The download is a PPT.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 12--Doppler to the Rescue

6/6/11. In this issue we look at the technology of Doppler Radar and explore its underlying mathematical structure. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Radical Functions and Equations

Math in the News: Issue 13--Living Near Volcanoes

6/13/11. In this issue we explore the volcanic eruption in Chile that resulted in a huge plume of smoke and ash that was miles high. We explore the viscosity of lava that makes such eruptions possible. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Volume

Math in the News: Issue 14--Will There Be an NFL Strike?

6/20/11. In this issue we look at the possibility of an NFL strike and what the issues are that keep players and owners from coming to agreement. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 15--Fracking for Oil

6/27/11. In this issue we look at the technology of hydraulic fracking. In particular, we estimate the amount of drilling required for such wells. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Volume

Math in the News: Issue 16--Blockbuster Math

7/4/11. In this issue we look at box office receipts for blockbuster movies as well as flops. There is a characteristic curve that results for either type and we develop some regression models based on the data. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 17--Lone Star Employer

7/11/11. In this issue we look at the underlying factors that make Texas such a powerhouse for employment. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, we dig into the numbers. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 18--Farewell, Shuttle

7/18/11/ In this issue we bid farewell to the space shuttle program and explore the mathematics behind space travel. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Applications of Quadratic Functions

Math in the News: Issue 19--Mr. 3000

7/25/11. In this issue we look at the elite group of baseball players that have hit 3000 or more hits in their careers. The most recent is Derek Jeter, and based on the records of previous 3000+ hitters we explore whether he will make it to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 2--Radiation Leak at Fukushima

March 2011. In this issue we look at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan, and the amount of heat generated from the radiation leak. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

Math in the News: Issue 20--Heat Wave!

8/1/11. In this issue we look at the physics of air pressure and the forces that give rise to heat waves. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 21--Why Does Washington Spend So Much?

8/8/11. In this issue we look at federal spending and the growth of such spending. Looking at data provided by the government, we calculate the annual rate of growth. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 22--Football Is On!

8/15/11. In this issue we look at the specifics of the new NFL collective bargaining agreement. It provides an opportunity to apply data analysis and algebra skills. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 23--How the Government Borrows Money

8/22/11. In this issue we look at the way in which the U.S. government borrows money. This involves an exploration of Treasury bonds and notes. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 24--A Wild, Random Ride on a Hurricane

8/29/11. In this issue we look at random path of a hurricane by developing a simulation for tracking the path of a hurricane. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Gathering, Data Analysis, Probability

Math in the News: Issue 25--Did E-Mail Doom the Postal Service?

9/5/11. In this issue we look at the financial state of the U.S. Postal Service to see why it is having such a difficult time staying in business. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 26--The U.S. Open

9/12/11. In this issue we look at data for the U.S. Open to explore why it has been so long since there has been a champion from the U.S. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Trigonometric Functions

Math in the News: Issue 27--Emerging from the Ashes of 9/11

9/19/11. To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the 911, we look at the geometry and architecture of the Freedom Tower, currently under construction. Note: The download is a PPT file.

3-Dimensional Figures

Math in the News: Issue 28--Will the Euro Survive?

9/26/11. In this issue we look at the state of the euro and the economies in the Eurozone. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 29--A Leviathan Retires

10/3/11. In this issue we look at the recent crash landing of the UARS satellite. We investigate why it is so difficult to predict where such satellites will land. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Numerical Expressions, Variable Explressions

Math in the News: Issue 3--The 2008 Mortgage Crisis

March 2011. In this issue we look at the continuing housing crisis that began in 2008. We use a spreadsheet to calculate mortgage payments. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

Math in the News: Issue 30--An Improbable Collapse!

10/10/11. In this issue we look at the Boston Red Sox and their improbable collapse in September. They were one out away from making the playoffs, but they ended their game and season in dramatic fashion. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 31--Washington Monument: Under Repair

10/17/11. In this issue we look at the earthquake damage that the Washington Monument recently experienced. Some dramatic footage reveals cracks in the exterior of the monument. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Applications of Transformations

Math in the News: Issue 32--A Man for All Seasons

10/24/11. In this issue we pay tribute to the life and times of Steve Jobs. We also analyze financial data for Apple to see what a dramatic impact Jobs had. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 33--TV Winners and Losers

10/31/11. In this issue we look at TV ratings for the Fall 2011 lineup. Why do some series succeed and others fail after a few episodes? Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 34--Why Is Listeria So Dangerous?

11/6/11. In this issue we look at the listeria bacteria to see what makes this particular type of bacteria so dangerous. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

Math in the News: Issue 35--135 and Counting

11/14/11. In this issue we commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. We also look at the geometry and architecture of this monument. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Surface Area, Volume

Math in the News: Issue 36--Will There Be an NBA Season?

11/21/11. In this issue we look at the NBA labor dispute. Why is this labor dispute so different from the one for the NFL? Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 37--A Parade of Geometry

11/28/11. In this issue we look at the geometry of parade balloons. Note: The download is a PPT file. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Surface Area, Volume

Math in the News: Issue 38--December 7, 1941

12/7/11. In this issue we look at the heroic work of salvaging and retrofitting many of the ships sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Surface Area, Volume

Math in the News: Issue 39--Monument to a Hero

12/12/11. In this issue we look at the MLK Memorial and the special properties of granite that presented some design challenges in the construction of the statue. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Surface Area, Volume

Math in the News: Issue 4--The Cost of Gasoline

4/11/11. In this issue we look at the high price of gasoline and investigate whether a hybrid car makes more economic sense. We look at various statistics to make a determination. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 40--Will Netflix Bounce Back?

12/19/11. In this issue we look at the steep drop in the price of NetFlix’s stock. We examine why it happened and make a prediction about the stock’s future. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 41--2012: The Facebook Year

January 2012. In this issue of Math in the News we look at the Facebook IPO. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 42--The Burj Khalifa Tower

January 2012. In this issue we look at the Burj Khalifa Tower, made popular with the release of the Mission Impossible movie. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Applications of 3D Geometry

Math in the News: Issue 43--A Hollywood Decline?

January 2012. In this issue of Math in the News, we look at box office data from 2011. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 44--Sunk: The Costa Concordia

January 2012. In this issue of Math in the News we analyze how the Costa Concordia sank. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Surface Area, Volume

Math in the News: Issue 45--Super Bowl Stats

February 2012. In this issue of Math in the News we look at stats from Super Bowls past. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 46--The Unemployment Rate

February 2012. In this issue we look at unemployment statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 47--The Rising Price of Gasoline

February 2012. In this issue of Math in the News, we analyze data on the price of gasoline. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 48--How Good Is Jeremy Lin?

February 2012. In this issue of Math in the News, we look at basketball statistics, in particular the stats for Jeremy Lin. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 49--Why Daylight Savings Time?

March 2012. In this issue of Math in the News we explore daylight savings time and standard time mathematically. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Trigonometric Functions

Math in the News: Issue 5--Tax Day

4/18/11. In this issue we look at income taxes. We analyze who pays what proportion of income taxes based on income level. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 50--March Madness Made Rational

March 2012. In this issue we look at March Madness mathematically. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 51--Is Peyton Manning a Good Investment?

March 2012. In this issue of Math in the News we look at Peyton Manning's new contract with the Denver Broncos. Was this a good deal or not? Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 52--Did the iPhone Doom the Blackberry?

April 2012. In this issue of Math in the News we look at the future of Research in Motion's Blackberry, in light of the rise of the iPhone and Android devices. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 53--Titanic: A Century Later

April 2012. In this issue of Math in the News we analyze the sinking of the Titanic. It has been a hundred years, yet the story of the sinkin g of the Titanic still fascinates. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Surface Area, Volume

Math in the News: Issue 54--Earthquake: Indonesia

April 2012. In this issue of Math in the News we look at the recent earthquake near Indonesia and compare it to the devastating earthquake of 2004. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

Math in the News: Issue 55--Coming Home

April 2012. In this issue of Math in the News, we look at the last flight of the Shuttle Discovery on a 747 and compare the weight of this freight and that of a 747 with passengers. Which is heavier? Note: The download is a PPT file.

Numerical Expressions, Variable Explressions

Math in the News: Issue 56--The Freedom Tower

May 2012. In this issue of Math in the News we look at the architecture of the Freedom Tower, now that it has become the tallest building in NYC. Note: The download is a PPT file.

3-Dimensional Figures

Math in the News: Issue 57--Super Moon

May 2012. In this issue of Math in the News we investigate the Super Moon phenomenon mathematically. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Trigonometric Functions

Math in the News: Issue 58--Unemployment

May 2012. In this issue of Math in the News we look at unemployment statistics and compare the U3 and U6 stats. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 59--The Butterfly Migration

September 2012. In this issue of Math in the News we look at the great Monarch butterfly migration. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 6--The BP Oil Spill, a Year Later

4/25/11. In this issue we discuss the BP oil spill one year after the spill. In particular we look at how damaging oil spills are to marine life and to oxygen levels in the water. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 60--Unemployment

September 2012. In this issue we look at August 2012 unemployment statistics. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 61--The Butterfly Migration Update

September 2012. In this issue of Math in the News we look at the Monarch Butterfly Migration with new data since our last investigation of it. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 62--The Washington Nationals

September 2012. In this issue of Math in the News we look at the remarkable success of the Washington Nationals baseball team. In the process we look at the success of new baseball franchises and why this happens. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 63--Columbus's Voyages

October 2012. In this issue of Math in the News we look at Columbus' voyages. We make some calculations based on map data. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 64--Felix Baumgartner's Jump

October 2012. In this issue of Math in the News, we look at Felix Baumgartner's dramatic supersonic dive. It provides an ideal opportunity to study terminal velocity. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Applications of Quadratic Functions

Math in the News: Issue 65--Tracking Hurricane Sandy

October 2012. In this issue of Math in the News, we look at probability maps that predict landfall and storm surge for Hurricane Sandy. This provides a real-world opportunity for data analysis. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 66--Data Analysis, Halloween Style

October 2012. In this issue of Math in the News, we look at Halloween-related data. In particular, we look at statistics related to pumpkins. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 67--Election Results

November 2012. In this issue of Math in the News, we look at statistics for the recent Presidential election. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 68--Flu Season

February 2013. In this issue of Math in the News, we look at statistics for the flu season. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 69--The Russian Meteorite

February 2013. In this issue of Math in the News we look at statistics related to Russian meteor that recently crash-landed. Watch some compelling eyewitness video and explore how the path of meteor was reconstructed. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 7--Texas Wildfires

5/2/11. In this issue we explore the wildfires in Texas. In particular, we conduct random walk simulations as a tool for predicting the path of a wildfire. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 70--North Korean Missiles

May 2013. In this issue of Math in the News we look at the situation in North Korea with the potential of its aggressive missile launches. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Applications of Quadratic Functions

Math in the News: Issue 71--Crash in San Francisco!

July 2013. In this issue we look at the crash of an Asiana Airlines in San Francisco. We investigate the math behind why the crash may have happened. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Applications of Angles and Planes

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.

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.

Surface Area, Volume

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.

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.

Data Analysis

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.

Applications of Linear Functions, Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

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.

Numerical Expressions, Variable Explressions

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.

Surface Area, Volume

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.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 8--Tornado Damage

5/9/11. In this issue we look at tornado season. In particular we study why the swirling winds of a tornado are so damaging. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 80--A Season for the Ages

October 2013. In this issue we follow Peyton Manning's extraordinary season with the Denver Broncos. This is a follow-up from Issue 51. This is an excellent opportunity to look at different data graphs, including box-and-whisker plots, bar graphs, and tabular data. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 81--The Growth of America

October 2013. In this issue we look at how America has grown from its formation as a country. We look at the increase in the number of states, the increase in the population, and the demographic factors that have become prominent in recent years. We look at data in tables and graphs. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 82--Halloween Stats

October 2013. In this issue we look at statistics related to Halloween 2013. We explore how the economy is affecting holiday spending. We also investigate why Halloween has grown in popularity over the years. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 83--Super Typhoon Haiyan

November 2013. In this issue of Math in the News we look at Typhoon Haiyan to learn to distinguish between typhoons and hurricanes. This creates an opportunity to use Venn Diagrams as a means of classifying information. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 84--Comet ISON Approaches

November 2013. In this issue of Math in the News we look at the arrival of Comet ISON, scheduled for arrival in late November 2013. We model the trajectory of the comet using a parabolic model. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Applications of Quadratic Functions

Math in the News: Issue 85--2013 Movies: A Year in Review

January 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we look at box office data from 2013. We look for patterns in the data and analyze the data using different data displays, including bar graphs, line graphs, scatterplot, and tables. This provides an excellent opportunity for data analysis. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 86--The Rise of the Chinese Yuan

January 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we look at the foreign exchange market and the rise of the Chinese Yuan. The Yuan has become a significant player in the foreign exchange market and we look at currency exchange, and how to convert from one currency to another by solving a proportion. This issue provides an excellent opportunity to introduce the mathematics of money on the international market. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 87--The Wonders of 3D Printing

January 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we look at 3D printing technology. In particular, we look at Nike's recent unveiling of a new running shoe developed using 3D printing. Mathematically, we look at recursive functions, since the 3D printing technology was used for rapid, iterative prototyping of the new shoe. We look at an example of a recursive function, using the Babylonian method to calculate the square root of a number. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Applications of 3D Geometry

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.

Applications of Circles

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.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 9--Mississippi Floods

5/16/11. In this issue we look at the flooding along the Mississippi. In particular we analyze the flooding along Memphis, Tennessee. We develop a model for predicting the amount of flooding. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Volume

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.

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.

Applications of Quadratic 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.

Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

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.

Data Analysis

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.

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.

Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 96--The California Drought

July 2015. This edition of Math in the News focuses on the severe drought currently taking place in California, and how it has impacted the water resources available to the state. In this edition, students will see how to use percentages given to determine actual amounts, and to determine percents out of a whole. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Applications of Ratios, Proportions, and Percents, Proportions

Math in the News: Issue 97--The Washington Monument: Repaired

July 2015. This Math in the News explores the construction of the iconic landmark the Washington Monument and its recent renovations due to the 2011 earthquake. Students will be able to convert dollar values based on inflation and determine the combined expense of the Washington Monument between construction and recent renovations. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Numerical Expressions, Variable Explressions

Math in the News: Issue 98--The Search for Missing Flight MH370

April 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we join the investigation in the missing flight MH370. We discuss the details of the flight and what we know so far. Using coordinate geometry, students can explore how experts narrow down the search area. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Exploring Coordinate Systems, Coordinate Systems

Math in the News: Issue 99--What Is Bitcoin?

May 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we explore Bitcoin. We look at how it's used for making purchases and how it differs from other currencies. This provides an opportunity to apply the concept of currency exchange. Note: The download is a PPT file.

Applications of Ratios, Proportions, and Percents, Proportions