Investigating Functions with a Ferris Wheel: Part 1

Investigating Functions With A Ferris Wheel coauthored with Peter Hornbein (@phornbein1) and Sumbal Azeem, appeared in the December 2016/January 2017 issue of NCTM’s¬†Mathematics Teacher journal. This winter, Max Ray-Riek (@maxmathforum) and Annie Fetter (@MFAnnie) converted my Geometer’s Sketchpad sketches into Web Sketchpad Activities, freely available through¬†NCTM Illuminations: Investigating Functions with a Ferris Wheel: Distance vs. […]

Why is it so hard for students to make sense of rate?

Earlier this year, I searched for some newspaper headlines that dealt with rates. Here are a few that I came across: “Colorado unemployment rate among 10 lowest in the country” “Unintended pregnancy rate in U.S. is high, but falling” “Oil ends sharply higher. Logs 10% weekly gain as output draws focus” Many of the headlines […]

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