Mathematics Instructional Learning Community
Mathematics Instructional Learning Community
The Mathematics Instructional Learning Community (MILC) Project is an alliance among Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) math teachers focusing on:
  • Increasing the pedagogy and content knowledge of math teachers;
  • Integrating technology tools into everyday math instruction; and
  • Developing, implementing and revising units of study.
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Posted 5/1/2006 12:20 PM (#831)
Subject: tunnels
At the NCTM in St. Louis, I attended a workshop on quadratics. It was on minimizing the area between a parabola and the x-axis while building a tunnel for Matchbox cars. It would be a perfect addendum to our unit.

It requires finding a vertex and equation, then finding the area under the curve. Then students cut out the tunnel and test it with cars.
Posted 5/2/2006 3:04 PM (#832 - in reply to #831)
Subject: RE: tunnels

Posts: 50
Location: Tates Creek
Sounds fun! If you have a copy of the activity, feel free to e-mail it to Pete Koutoulas or Natalee so they can add it to our unit. You may want to look at the MILC final units site to see how I numbered/labeled everything before you send it, though, so you can name this activity in a similar manner. Thanks, Kelly!
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