Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Monday, December 14th, 2015 ... T-Minus 22 ... Youngster Corrects Gravitational Fallacy ...

.... a student asked (really), "If you fell into Mars' deepest canyon, how long would it take before you hit the bottom?" ... we answered that question using Geometer's Sketchpad and SADLY the Earth's gravitational constant ... thank you to the youngster for pointing out my mistake ... we now know that you would have 60 seconds before splatdown ...

FOLLOW UP QUESTION:  "Would you have time to eat breakfast on the way down?"

Monday in the Mirror


1.  Please, take some more papers
2.  Lungs and Waves
3.  Waves and waves
4.  Practicing for the Wed/Thurs sinusoidal extravaganza
5.  Ring


1.  Test tomorrow ... reminder
2.  Direct Variation
3.  Paid by commission
4.  Ring


1.  How deep is that canyon?
2.  C knows his animals (and planes)
3.  And Eggs
4.  Ring

Good night now.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Friday, December 11th, 2015...T-Minus 23 ...Categorically Thinking ...

...this blog is brought to you today by these guys who I hadn't heard of until tonight and have given me an evening of background music full of some incredibly unique and enjoyable Christmas arrangements... wow...

CHARGER UPDATE:  woeful ... reached the opponent ONE-HALF yard line with thirty seconds left in a 10-3 game needing only a touchdown to tie ... in three plays, committed two penalties and then finished the game with a dropped pass on a perfect throw from the 11 yard line ... argh.

ASSESSMENTS THIS WEEK:  1P's will write their Rate of Change Assessment on Tuesday ...4U's will have their 2nd major assessment broken up into 2 parts, Wednesday and Thursday of this week

Friday was the end, but not, THE END ...see you on Monday


1.  Playing around with the daylight model
2.  Back to the lab ... sunrise modeling to come
3.  Strangely linear sections ... interesting ...
4.  Solving equations using technology
5.  Ring


1.  Family pictures ... TAILS !!  Seriously, R????!!!!
2.  The Category Game ... the hunt for patterns
3.  Finishing the Bicycle Trip .... Practice Test
4.  Ring


1.  Guessing games
2.  Art Tales
3.  Ring.

Good night now.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Thursday, December 10th, 2015 ... T-Minus 24 ... 11 Days to Daylight Min ...

...that show was pretty riveting for a while ... lost its way after the "cruise ship" to China ...Nick of Time (1995 ... Depp) tried the real-time filming technique earlier ... wasn't a rousing success

CHALK TREE:  an almost-annual tradition, the door of 250 is normally covered with a chalk Christmas tree (outdoor scene) ... usually a student with some semblance of artistic talent is coerced into drawing this tree ... maybe tomorrow (err...today)



1.  Quick recap of the Ferris Wheel model
2.  Setting up the daylight modeling 
3.  Off to the lab
4.  Fairly succesful modeling ensues
5.  Ring


1.  Slope as a rate of change
2.  Rate of Change Assessment for practice
3.  Ring


1.  The importance of always paying attention.
2.  Guessing games / estimation skill at play
3.  Ring

Good night now.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 ... T-Minus 25 ... Don't Climb That Ladder ...


1.  Wheelchair ramps
2.  Ski slopes
3.  Roofs (rooves?)
4.  Truck run-offs
5.  Slides
6.  Aqueducts
7.  New noses
8.  Rube Goldberg Machines



1.  Scatterplot tests returned
2.  How to measure steepness
3.  Slopes on a ladder
4.  Slopes on a road
5.  Slopes on a ramp
6.  Ring


1.  Taking up trigonometric equations
2.  Sinusoidal modeling
3.  ...beginning with the Ferris Wheel ...
4.  Exodus
5.  Incessant conversation
6.  Argh
7.  Solving for a single variable in a sinusoidal model
8,  Ring


1.  Finding your way out ... congrats B
2.  Graphing some stories
3.  Ring

Good night now.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 ... T-Minus 26 ... Revisiting Mary and Carolyn ...


1.  Trig equations are so entertaining, we decided to spend another day on it
2.  Trinomial and double angle examples highlighted the days' work
3.  Here is a decent online site for further examples
4.  Ring


1.  Mary and Carolyn got on their bikes (Carolyn a little late as always) ...
2.  Some very solid work done during class time
3.  Due Friday
4.  Ring


1.  It is a week for graphing stories
2.  Some neat ones are found here
3.  Ring

Good night now.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Monday, December 7th, 2015 ... Micha is not climbing a Mountain ...

My UnRealistic Math Teacher XMas List

1.  Mural painting in the math hallway
2.  Someone to draw the annual chalk tree on my door
3.  Fifteen in at 12:22
4.  Bowls of candy corn waiting as we arrive in the math office
5.  Three hours of uninterrupted unforgetfulness
6.  Followed by three more
7.  Just one more GAMES treasury put to print

1.  Without further ado ... trig equations
2.  What if I have to list infinite answers?
3.  Solutions that are found on the unit circle.
4.  Solutions that aren't
5.  Algebra comes to the party
6.  Practice ... for some.
7.  Ring.


1.  Stragglin'
2.  Scatterplot Assessment
3.  The Slowest Kid on the Planet ... a Bubble People Activity
4.  Please Stay.
5.  OK, then
6.  Ring.


1.  Gravity is math
2.  Graphing stories ... it takes a steady hand
3.  Ring

Good night now.

Friday, December 4th, 2015 ... T-Minus 28 ... Too Warm for a Swacket ...

MHF4U .... how to sketch a sinusoidal with all four major transformations present ... phase shift measured in radians ...

MFM1P ... Rate of Change the major focus ... creating rise over run triangles in order to determine ROC ...

KMATH ... the resource battle finally comes to an end ... Chance prevails over Experience ...