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ERIC Number: EJ902134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5769
Cooking with Quadratics
Bryan, Luajean N.
Mathematics Teacher, v104 n4 p308-314 Nov 2010
A project that mixes algebra with data collection, uses technology, extends into data analysis, and cooks marshmallows can excite both teachers and students. This article describes a project that intends to pique students' interest in higher mathematics, incorporate their knowledge of parabolas, and offer a meaningful mathematics experience. Using basic properties of a parabola, students collect and analyze temperature data and construct a three-dimensional model from a quadratic equation--to cook marshmallows. Cooking with quadratics made mathematics meaningful to students. A student instruction sheet and project guidelines are included. (Contains 3 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A