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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 75--A Swim for the Ages

August 2013. In this issue we look at Diana Nyad's remarkable swim from Cuba to Florida. It becomes an opportunity to explore Average Speed. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 91--Sochi Math

February 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we look at applications of math from the Sochi Olympics. Specifically we look at ski jumping and develop a quadratic model based on given data. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Applications of Quadratic Functions

Math in the News: Issue 107--Thanksgiving Temps

November 2015. In this issue of Math in the News we explore logarithmic functions to model the thawing of frozen turkeys. We look at USDA guidelines to determine data points and use a graphing calculator to create mathematical models. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

Math in the News: Issue 76--Back to the Moon!

September 2013. In this issue we look at NASA's newest Moon mission, the LADEE robotic probe. It becomes an opportunity to explore linear and logarithmic equations used in rocketry. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Applications of Linear Functions

Math in the News: Issue 92--How Netflix Is Changing Media

February 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we look at the dramatic growth in subscribers for Netflix. We calculate the rate of growth. We also explore how companies like Netflix are changing the viewing habits of all Americans. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Applications of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

Math in the News: Issue 108--Star Wars: The Box Office Awakens!

January 2016. In this issue of Math in the News we explore the dramatic box office returns of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It provides an excellent opportunity to apply concepts of linear systems. Note: The download is a PPT.

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Applications of Linear Systems, Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 77--Voyager Breaks Free

September 2013. In this issue we look at Voyager 1's amazing milestone: Leaving our Solar System and entering interstellar space. This provides an excellent opportunity to explore large numbers using scientific notation. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Numerical Expressions, Variable Expressions

Math in the News: Issue 93--Saving for College

February 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we look at the investment strategy known as Dollar Cost Averaging. We explore several simulated scenarios and look at the pros and cons of this strategy. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 109--Was Ali the Greatest?

July 2016. In this issue of Math in the News we look at Muhammad Ali's boxing record and compare his record to other boxers. Note: The download is a PPT.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 78--Salvaging the Costa Concordia

September 2013. In this issue we look at the impressive engineering effort in raising the Costa Concordia, a cruise ship that sank off the Italian coast. This provides an opportunity to study vectors in the context of physics. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Surface Area, Volume

Math in the News: Issue 94--Winter's Impact on Florida's Orange Crop

March 2014. In this issue of Math in the News we look at the impact of a harsh winter on Florida's orange crop. In addition we look at an ongoing problem that orange production has had with a crop infestation. This provides opportunities to apply percent change formulas to real-world data. Note: The download is a PPT file.

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Data Analysis

Math in the News: Issue 110--Summer Travel

August 2016. In this issue of Math in the News calculate average speed to various vacation destinations when traveling by car. Note: The download is a PPT.

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Data Analysis

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