Spring Project in Precalculus

Tomorrow is day one of my spring open-ended project in Honors Precalculus.  I will try to blog about the experience here.  Below is the description of the project (I’m happy to share more of the documents I will hand out – email me if you want them).  I am spending tonight commenting on student ideas (the groups have already been assigned) in their Google docs, shared with each other and me.  Ideas so far include writing code to somehow combine some of the ideas of fractals and probability, incorporating soccer and statistics, and making sense of multiple infinities.  We’ll see where this leads!

For the next two weeks, you will be working in small groups (of 2-3 students) on an open-ended math exploration of your own design, related to  a math concept we have considered this year.  You and your partner(s) will brainstorm together and decide on a topic or area of interest.   As early as possible, you should decide what product you will create as a result of this project period. Final products might include (but are not limited to): a video or screencast, a presentation, a computer program, a paper, or a physical creation of some kind. All projects must be approved by your teacher before you begin full research.

Although this project is open-ended, there must be some significant math done by you, either as your final product, or in the creation of your final product.  Part of your grade will address the level of complexity of the math you explore; you should do something appropriate for this course (not too easy and not too hard).  Any written work must be typed using correct mathematical notation.   All students will also be responsible for presenting their work.   That exhibition can occur in a variety of ways:

  • A presentation, video or screencast shared in class
  • A presentation, video or screencast shared at the Math Exposition Night on Friday, May 13th.  

Lastly, it is possible to complete a project that is allows your group to learn something, meet all guidelines, and to do well.  We encourage you to push yourself a bit beyond your comfort zone to try something new and different.  Part of the rubric will award credit for that “je ne sais quoi” aspect, which could include some incredibly creative aspects of a project, depth of mathematical exploration or just your group’s willingness to think outside of the box.  


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