Additional Resources

articles

“Exploring Triangles.” Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, NCTM, November/December 2017.
“Kayak Mathematics.” MathAMATYC Educator, American Mathematical Association of Two-year Colleges, May 2017. [cover]
“Using Movies as a Student Motivator in Mathematics.” Mathematics Teacher’s Journal, Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State, November, 2016. [Cover]
“Exploring Geometric Sequences.” Mathematics Teacher, September 2016.
“Using Movies and Television Shows as a Mathematics Motivator.” NCTM’s 73rd Yearbook, NCTM, 2011.
“Mathematics and the Media.” Metro Math: MAA Newsletter, MAA, February 2009.

presentations

Below are presentations that I have given on this topic. You may not be able to view the video clips within the presentations.

  1. AMTNYC Annual Conference, New York, NY, “Probability and Statistics Fun with Game Shows,” November 2016

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Wheel of Fortune Excel File
Monty Hall Excel File
The Price is Right Solutions
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Learn how to motivate students in probability and statistics using various game shows. We will look at letter distributions in Wheel of Fortune, calculating probabilities of winning big on the wheel in The Price is Right, and finding fair deals in Deal or No Deal.

  1. NCTM Regional Conference, Philadelphia, PA, “Mathematical Modelling Using Movies and Television Shows,” November 2016

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This presentation explores modeling concepts featured in films and television shows and offers numerous examples high school math teachers can use to design lessons using them. Activities include swinging from vines, launching rockets, measuring mountains, graphing laughs, and baseball statistics.

  1. New^3 Conference, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY, “Teaching Math Using Movies and TV Shows,” June 2016

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Learn how to grab your students’ attention by motivating lessons with movies and television shows. A series of thought-provoking activities to use in a high school mathematics classroom will be provided.

 

  1. Long Island Mathematics Conference, Westbury, NY, “Teaching Math Using Movies and TV Shows,” March 2016

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Learn how to grab your students’ attention by motivating lessons with movies and television shows. A series of thought-provoking activities to use in a high school mathematics classroom will be provided.

 

  1. MAA Mathfest, Washington D.C., “Calculus in Movies and Television Shows,” August 2015

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Learn how to grab your students’ attention by motivating calculus lessons with movies and television shows. A series of thought-provoking activities to use in a calculus classroom will be provided. Participants will be introduced to a mathematical topic through a clip from a movie or television show. Then background information will be provided, followed by a discussion on how to use the activity in a classroom.

 

  1. MAA Metro NY Meeting, New York, NY, “Mathematics in Movies and Television Shows,” May 2015

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In this presentation you will see how mathematics is embedded in the popular culture and how that math featured in movies and television shows is directly related to math learned in the classroom. Participants will be introduced to a mathematical topic through a clip from a movie or television show. Background information will be provided, followed by a short activity for participants to work on.

 

  1. MAA Mathfest, Portland, OR, “Mathematics in Movies and Television Shows,” August 2009

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It is becoming more and more common for different mathematical topics to get mentioned in television shows and movies. As a math teacher, you can capitalize on this inclusion of math in the popular culture in order to make math engaging to your students. This presentation will cover some ideas of ways to use the math seen in this media in your classroom.

 

  1. NCTM National Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, “Mathematics in Movies and Television Shows,” April 2008

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This session looks at movies and TV shows that involve math. We will help you introduce exciting topics to your students by solving riddles and crimes and encoding messages in examples from Harry Potter, Matilda, Law & Order, and more.

 

Related Links

The Math Behind Numb3rs
Simpsons Math
Futurama Math
Math and the Movies
Qedcat- giant list of math in movies and TV
Math in the Movies
Mathematics in Movies
Math Textbook that introduces lessons with tie-in to movies
Subzin- Find quotes in movies and series
Snagit (screen capture software)