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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 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.

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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.

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Applications of Quadratic 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.

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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.

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Data Analysis

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. 

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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.

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Applications of Quadratic Functions

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.

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Applications of Quadratic Functions

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.

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Data Analysis

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.

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Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic 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.

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Applications of Angles and Planes

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.

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Applications of 3D Geometry

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.

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Data Analysis

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