Thursday, October 20, 2011

Play dough math

I've been having fun with play dough lately, making stuff like this with my kids:

I think it would be fun to do in the math classroom with younger students, as questions like this pop up:
You need to make a 30-second video, with 24 frames per second, and each image takes up 4 frames - how many images do you need?
Having the dinosaur not walk like a spaz could be done by taking into account the length of time for each step and the rate the images are being played back. I didn't do this, as you may have noticed.
You could show the application of quadratic functions by having students try to make a projectile look realistic in claymation. Maybe I've spent too long around the play dough.

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