Some good Maths Projects.
Movie "Little Man Tate".
This project is suitable for good 13, 14, 15 year old students.
The movie can be obtained or purchased from most video outlets. Most students enjoy this extract from the movie. It occurs about halfway through.
There are several problems to work out here. They need working and it should be set out in detail for each.
One of the answers given in the movie is wrong and this is a focus for this project. Which one is it?
Print and then photocopy the page for your students. It is a good project for them to work on.
It takes about 1.5 to 2 hours of work and easy to assess.
I assess it on a graded system of
A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C.
A+ is outstanding with extra relevant material added
C grade is unsatisfactory!
These grades can be converted to marks when needed.
A+ = 10,
A = 8,
A- = 6,
B+ = 4,
B = 2,
B- = 0,
C = redo!
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For Year 10 or 14 yrs old students who dislike maths or find the subject difficult.
Yes! Mathematics Homework
published by Pearson Longman 2004.
Maths homework for Year 10 or 14 yrs old students who dislike maths or find the subject difficult.
It's a Mathematical World Book 1
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It's a Mathematical World Book 2
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Form 5 Mathematics published by Ilam Publications 1975. For Year 11 or 15yr old students.
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March 11th, 2008
Some good mathematical projects.
Fred's questions in the movie.
Little Man Tate!
“How about giving me a number that when divided by the product of its digits the quotient is 3, and if you were to add 18 to this number the digits would be inverted?”
You are to make up the question!
“What's the cube root of 3796466 ?”
“What number has the following peculiarity that if its cube were added to five times its square and from the result forty-two times the number and forty is subtracted the remainder is nothing.”
The answers are given in the movie!
One of the answers given in the movie is wrong!!
Which one is it?
You do need to show your working even though little Fred was able to solve the questions in his head!