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February 2016

Off We Go! (Desmos Activity)

My second Desmos activity is designed to reinforce understanding of the features of displacement-time graphs.  Students are asked to describe parts of graphs, interpret the gradient of the line, and write a mathematical story based on reading a displacement-time graph.

As always, all feedback is welcome.

(Photo by Martijn Van Dalen)

Picture Perfect Parabolas (Desmos Activity)

I’m intrigued by the Desmos Activity Builder and where it might be useful for my students.  One of the first activities I’ve made is based on the idea of fitting graphs to photos of naturally-occurring or man-made parabolas, which I first encountered in Adrian Oldknow’s book Teaching Mathematics Using ICT back in 2004.

In my activity, students are asked to fit some parabolas to photos of bridges and fountains.  And a banana.  They are also asked to explain their thought processes before they attempt the graphical transformations. Continue reading “Picture Perfect Parabolas (Desmos Activity)”

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