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Posted: October 30, 2015 in Uncategorized
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stretch example

mindblownOne of my students posted this example of a vertical stretch and wrote the words “wider and taller”…and I said, “wait a sec!”

Usually a vertical stretch makes the graph look taller and “thinner”; but, when I thought about this, it seems that we usually look at graphs where the curves face inward (toward the axis of symmetry or some other center-ish axis).  I  am thinking of a parabola,  a cubic, or a sinusoidal function.  Here however, the curves open away from the center and thus the vertical stretch gets wider.

Sookochoff’s Calculator Valentine

Here are the functions that will graph a heart in a window with an x-max is 10, x-min is -10, y-min is -7, y-max is 7).  To input the forward slash use the divide key and to input the inequality signs, press 2nd Math.  To use this as a learning opportunity, reflect on how one might graph a circle and a line and how I used these to make a heart.  Also, in the curly brackets, I have restricted the domain of the semi-circles and the lines.  Think about what you know about domain restrictions and how this is working here.  To see the effect of the domain restrictions, try viewing the graph without the domain restrictions.

Math 30-1 students, ask yourself how I used transformations of a circle to make the first four functions.  Look below to understand better how to graph a circle.

All students: compare the Pythagorean Theorem to the functions that graph a circle.  A semi-circle with radius 3 can be graphed with y=sqrt(9-x^2) which comes from 3^2=x^2 + y^2.  Check out some youtube videos about how to graph a circle (a set of points equidistant from a given point.

More for All:  can you graph an arrow through this heart using y=mx+b?  Happy Valentines, everyone.

Challenge:  Can you figure out how to get rid of the extra bits of line at the bottom?  Or can you adjust the window so that the lines are only visible where you want them.

This video, the first in a series from the Hypotenmoose Kitchen, will guide you to build a paper kit from which we can learn much about fractions.

Merry Christmas everyone! I have some friends who write songs and I think this one is funny. It is about Canadian curler, Brad Gushue.

But the math connection for me is also fascinating. How does one create enough interest so that a video goes viral. And what does the graph of the viewing pattern look like.  Here is an interesting article about that. I will post this video’s statistics over the next few days. The chorus is fun to sing.  If you watch on a desk top or laptop, you will see the words. 🙂

In the last week before winter break, it is tempting to let the curriculum go a little, to kick back and enjoy my students without my mathematical lens. NOT! For me, there is much more pleasure in going deeper into curriculum. If there is something to let go of, it is the “schoolishness” of some math that we do.  In the video below, I was able to revel in one of my favorite topics: factoring polynomials.  This method, based on thinking of products as area and factors as dimensions, was taught to me by Dr. Tom Kieren, an exceptional scholar and educator.

I would like to see this kind of factoring in all our high school classrooms.  It demonstrates three features of a well chosen algorithm:  transparency, error resistance, and memorability.


Posted: October 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

Hypotenmoose. To all my Math 20-1 students, I invite you to love the unit circle enough to paint it! Ya, that’s a challenge!

October 2013 award photo at deskThe Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta recognize teachers for their work in inspiring students who may be our future engineers and geoscientists. This year, they recognized me. I am grateful for the support and encouragement.

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