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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.

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Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

Math in the News: Issue 79--The End of an Era?

September 2013. In this issue we take a second look at Blackberry's financial woes. This is a follow-up report from Issue 52, where we looked at the company's revenue problems. Here we examine its final fate. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 95--The Iditarod Race

March 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we look at the Iditarod Race in Alaska. This gives us an opportunity to analyze data on average speed. We look at data in tables and line graphs and analyze the winning speeds over the history of the race. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 111--Summer Blockbusters

August 2016. In this issue of Math in the News, look at real world box office data to analyze what makes a movie a blockbuster. Note: The download is a PPT.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 80--A Season for the Ages

October 2013. In this issue we follow Peyton Manning's extraordinary season with the Denver Broncos. This is a follow-up from Issue 51. This is an excellent opportunity to look at different data graphs, including box-and-whisker plots, bar graphs, and tabular data. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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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.

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Applications of Ratios, Proportions, and Percents, Proportions

Math in the News: Issue 112--Back-to-School Purchases

September 2016. In this issue of Math in the News, we look at back-to-school purchases and the impact that different tax rates have on the total cost. Note: The download is a PPT.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 81--The Growth of America

October 2013. In this issue we look at how America has grown from its formation as a country. We look at the increase in the number of states, the increase in the population, and the demographic factors that have become prominent in recent years. We look at data in tables and graphs. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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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.

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Numerical Expressions, Variable Expressions

Math in the News: Issue 113--Olympic Power

November 2016. In this issue of Math in the News, we look at the history of the Olympics. Note The download is a PPT.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 82--Halloween Stats

October 2013. In this issue we look at statistics related to Halloween 2013. We explore how the economy is affecting holiday spending. We also investigate why Halloween has grown in popularity over the years. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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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.

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Exploring Coordinate Systems, Coordinate Systems

Math in the News: Issue 114--Thanksgiving Dinner Grocery Shopping

November 2016. In this issue of Math in the News, we look at the history of Thanksgiving, as well as the cost of preparing the historically relevant meal. Note The download is a PPT.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 67--Election Results

November 2012. In this issue of Math in the News, we look at statistics for the recent Presidential election. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 83--Super Typhoon Haiyan

November 2013. In this issue of Math in the News we look at Typhoon Haiyan to learn to distinguish between typhoons and hurricanes. This creates an opportunity to use Venn Diagrams as a means of classifying information. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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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.

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Applications of Ratios, Proportions, and Percents, Proportions

Math in the News: Issue 68--Flu Season

February 2013. In this issue of Math in the News, we look at statistics for the flu season. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 84--Comet ISON Approaches

November 2013. In this issue of Math in the News we look at the arrival of Comet ISON, scheduled for arrival in late November 2013. We model the trajectory of the comet using a parabolic model. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Applications of Quadratic Functions

Math in the News: Issue 100--Late Night TV Ratings

July 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we look at the mathematics of the Nielsen Ratings. This provides an excellent application of ratios, proportions, and percents. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 69--The Russian Meteorite

February 2013. In this issue of Math in the News we look at statistics related to Russian meteor that recently crash-landed. Watch some compelling eyewitness video and explore how the path of meteor was reconstructed. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 85--2013 Movies: A Year in Review

January 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we look at box office data from 2013. We look for patterns in the data and analyze the data using different data displays, including bar graphs, line graphs, scatterplot, and tables. This provides an excellent opportunity for data analysis. Note: The download is a PPT file. 

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 101--Comet Landing

November 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we examine the historic landing of a spacecraft on an asteroid in space. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Applications of Quadratic Functions

Math in the News: Issue 70--North Korean Missiles

May 2013. In this issue of Math in the News we look at the situation in North Korea with the potential of its aggressive missile launches. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Applications of Quadratic Functions

Math in the News: Issue 86--The Rise of the Chinese Yuan

January 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we look at the foreign exchange market and the rise of the Chinese Yuan. The Yuan has become a significant player in the foreign exchange market and we look at currency exchange, and how to convert from one currency to another by solving a proportion. This issue provides an excellent opportunity to introduce the mathematics of money on the international market. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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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.

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Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions