# Content Showcase: 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.

Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

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

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

## 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

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

## 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

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

## 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

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

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.

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.

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.

Applications of 3D Geometry

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.

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.

Applications of Circles

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

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

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.

Applications of Linear Functions, Standard Form, Data Analysis

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 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 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 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.

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.

Numerical Expressions, Variable Explressions

Data Analysis

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.

Surface Area, Volume

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

## 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

Data Analysis

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

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 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

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

## 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

Data Analysis

## 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

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

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

Surface Area, Volume

## 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

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

## 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 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

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

## 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 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

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

Data Analysis

## 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

Volume

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

## 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 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 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 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

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

## 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

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

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

Data Analysis

Volume

## 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

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Volume

## 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

Data Analysis

Data Analysis