Cooking up some maths

Each week students from POD 3 do some ‘real life math’ in our kitchen. The mathematical connections made in these learning opportunities are amazing. It’s when the kids are back in the classroom or out in the yard and you hear comment like, “it’s like what we did in cooking, a half a cup and and a quarter of a cup is the same as 3/4’s of a cup”.
Another conversation was about eggs and the depth of thought and reasoning was pretty amazing. When you think about the ‘chicken and the egg’ scenario, that is which comes first…one of our students said,”all the eggs must be girls”, so this led to the opportunity to ask the question, “Where do the roosters come from?” The surprise and conversations that arose out of this discussion was an opportunity to talk about averages and that approximately 50% or 1/2 of the eggs must potentially be male.

These are the ‘wow’ moments and are celebrated by the kids and the staff.

What maths can you cook up in the kitchen?

Cooking up some Maths

To catch a crook?

This term in Maths the POD 3 students are exploring Chance and Data concepts through a series of investigations.
One such investigation is know at the Grubby Pages effect. Over the next few weeks students will be investigating a theory founded in 1881 by astronomer, Simon Newcomb. Newcomb’s theory came about by some ‘grubby observations’ of log table books (for those of us older than 30 or 40, we used these at school to complete calculations before calculators were used in schools). In 1938, Frank Bedford again noticed the ‘grubby pages’ but it wasn’t until as recently as 1996 that Ted Hill, a mathematician, realised how this discovery could help detect fraud.

Be sure to check back here to read the student’s discoveries and their thoughts on Benford’s law.