Three years ago I went on a search of the world wide web for resources that would make my maths courses more interesting (both for myself and my students). I was astounded by the plethora of “stuff” out there. Many teachers are willing to share their worksheets, assignments, learning objects, etc; I was overwhelmed.
Having seen the limitations of purely teaching a skills syllabus (driven by Year 12 final exams and university entrance scores), I wanted to put together a collection of Mathematics investigations. These would be either intrinsically interesting and/or real world applications. The final product had 64 investigations and I named it “Working Mathematically”. An image of the cover is shown at right. For those Maths teachers looking for this type of material, I will post examples at regular intervals on Scribd.
Sport is rich in Mathematics but I must admit that I had never taken much interest in the Decathlon before. I discovered that the formulae used for points scoring system were:
- Points = A*(B-P)C for Running Events
- Points = A*(P-B)C for Field Events
where P is your performance in specified units and A, B, and C are constants.
You can see a list of all 64 investigations: 00 contents.doc