Monthly Archives: August 2013

Zombie Math

Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead

Zombies have become big in popular culture the past few years. So big in fact, that they have even invaded math! Here are several articles about the zombie math outbreak.

The Best Way to Teach Kids Math and Science? Zombies (Wired): Texas Instruments has a program called “STEM Behind Hollywood” that provides free downloadable classroom activities that run on computers, TI graphing calculators, or on iPads. Here is a video about the zombie lesson, starring Mayim Bialik:

Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse: Just Do the Math (LiveScience): This article profiles the work a mathematics professor at the University of Ottawa, who has developed a mathematical model for zombie transmission (which can be used in real-life epidemiology).

Wolfram Demonstrations even has a demonstration that models the spread of the zombie pathogen during a potential apocalyptic scenario. 

Test Your Number Sense

Number sense is defined as an intuitive understanding of numbers and their magnitude and relationships.  You can test your own number sense and approximate number system (ANS) aptitude using a free online test called Panamath. The program is also available as a downloadable application so that researchers may use it for studies and educators may use it to assess students.

The test is simple. You are briefly shown a group of blue and yellow dots, and you must decide whether there were more blue dots or more yellow dots. Sound easy? Give it a try.