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Math project races cars, jump ramps

For many students, math is a boring and even loathed course. However, campus algebra II teacher, Mike Fenton, seemed to replace this typical assumption with a more amicable outlook.

In hopes to teach his students how to apply math to everyday activities, Fenton assigned his first and eighth period classes to ramp construction on Oct. 14.

?Many students always ask if math is ever used in life,? Fenton said. ?But the reality of it all is that math is used all the time, especially in technology.?

The assignment taught students the importance of measuring distance while engaging them in an appealing task at the same time. Another purpose of the project was learning to make educated guesses by viewing an equation for a given point on the ramp.

?I thought doing this project gave me a better understanding of math,? Claire Kister, ?08, said. ?It also provided my partner, Philip Unruh [?07] and I a chance to study and use math in real life experiences.?

As part of the project the students were required to complete their assignments with partners.

?My two partners were Haley Tamberi and Elizabeth Mendrin [both ?07],? Rachel Bell, ?07, said. ?Our project went very well because the estimations we had were correct.?

While other participants might not have realized the real world applications that the project offered, some enjoyed playing with the test subjects.

?I had to build functioning card board ramps with my partners, Brandon Cain [?06] and Will Heirholzer [?07],? Garrett Stipe, ?06, said. ?We got to race little toy cars on them which was really fun. I mean who doesn?t have fun playing with cars??

Later in the year the class will prepare another test. However the complexity level will increase. Fenton hopes the exercises will improve students? comprehension of math in real life situations.

?If students find math to be useless then it becomes a disadvantage to their lives,? Fenton said. ?As long as students try and work on this or other projects, they might find that math can be fun and they might make connections to the world.?

For more information regarding upcoming algebra II projects, contact Fenton at [email protected]. They are currently working on a project Fenton calls ?the fun side of mathematics utilizing a tennis ball.

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    Nova KonstantiaAug 26, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Hi, Mr. Falk…

    Congratulation on your new baby…She’s so cute…and I like her name, too…I will see you next week in Bible class… Nova and Asian people….

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    Anita RahmanAug 26, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Grandpa Falk congratulation! Another lovely girl came to your life.

    We miss you in the Asian Easter lunch Grandpa Falk! The Asian lunch was awesome, but it’s still not complete without you.

    But ya, this spring break must be so great for you. Enjoy it!

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    Becky NguyenAug 26, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Wow ^.^ Congratulation Mr. Falk ^.^ You have a very cute granddaughter. She is so adorable and loveable.

    When I see you holding her in your arms makes me miss my mom alot. You must be very happy and a proud grandpa. So again, cogratulation, you are a grandpa.

    We will miss you tomorrow at the Asian lunch so have a great Spring break with your family and granddaughter Maia.

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    Geena StobbeAug 26, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Congratulations Scott, Carol, Bethy, & Luke!

    Maia is absolutely precious and adorable! I just want to squeeze and love all over her! Hugs to all of you as you enjoy a very special family time together!


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    Da Eun SunwooAug 26, 2009 at 11:27 am


    Mr. Falk!

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    Lorrie & Steve GoldenAug 26, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Welcome to your newest addition! Maia is a beautiful baby and a precious gift from her Maker! Blessings to you all always! Congratulations!