[26 Oct 2008]
Are you interested in off-road motorbikes? And maybe you’re not a strong fan of algebra?
Math Matters: Off-Road Algebra [link no longer available] may be of interest. The video-based chapter includes several problems that are related to off-road riding (speed, distance, liter-gallon conversions, slope of a line, etc).
As the authors say:
This 30-segment video resource focuses on ninth grade Pre-Algebra and Algebra. What makes this unit different from most? It revolves around the world of off-road motorcycle racing. Team HotChalk worked with a group of young HotChalk-sponsored cyclists, videotaping them jumping off ramps along dirt bike tracks and racing up the golden summer hills of a ranch overlooking the ocean in Central California.
“Math Matters” aims to “Make Math an Adventure”. It is part of HotChalk, an interesting collection of online educational materials. From their About page:
HotChalk is a learning environment for K-12 teachers, students and parents that includes a learning management system (LMS), a rich library of teacher-contributed lesson plans, premium digital content like NBC News video, and professional development for teachers in a Web-based environment.