Logarithms and Related Rates

Logarithms and Related Rates

I was at the KYMATYC Conference over the weekend and was inspired by a Presentation on "Introducing Topics with Media." When I came home from the Conference, I created this page on Math in Film and Media. This was an excellent way for me to remember everything I learned during the session. It also helped me remember some things I've done in the past, which I'd forgotten. So, what does this have to do with Logarithms and Related Rates? Well, one of the Media Clips shared during the session was The Log Song – Ren & Stimpy. And this morning, a student emailed me saying, "That Chapter with logs was extremely challenging for me. Other than that, I think I will do fine." Since I knew he was going to Chicago for a work trip right before the final exam, I sent him this email: If you need a few short videos for your plane ride to Chicago, try these: Logarithms: Properties of Logarithms – Part...
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I Cleaned Out My Office!

I Cleaned Out My Office!

I’ve been cleaning out my office the past couple of months, and this week I came across these resources that may be of use to someone out there - especially teaching statistics, pre-calculus, or calculus! Article - “Why You Should Read That Whole Text Book Right Now” "Don't put it off. You should read that textbook now—or you're not getting your money's worth out of your education." StatisticsArticle - “Overconfident Students, Dubious Employers”Link to Article | Probability Activity“A new study identifies the gaps between graduates' views of their skills and the views of those who hire them.”Article - “Investing In A World Of Unknown Future Outcomes: The Benefits Of Equal Weighting”Link to Article | Probability ActivityHeads and Tails DataData used to find the probability of at least three heads in five tosses of a fair coin by simulation.Learning Styles DataData from two groups (Class A and Class B) on their learning styles (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)Binomial Probabilities HandoutWhen to use the Probability Density Function...
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A Real Life Optimization Problem

A Real Life Optimization Problem

I am part of a team at my college working on getting new storage closets installed for my department. The options are for closets that are 30", 36", or 42" wide. The closets are 18 ¾" deep, and 63 ½" in height. In one room, the space in which the closets are to be installed is 54 ¾" x 97 ½" x 96". In another room, the space is 54 ¾" x 114" x 96". However, in the second room, there is a whiteboard rail that is 3 ¼" wide that protrudes into the space. There are also plans to store 48" x 36" tri-fold poster boards in closets that are 24" x 36" when folded. There also needs to be enough clearance for the closet doors to open. At a meeting I attended the other day, I was asked, "How many 30", 36", and 42" closest should we order to maximize the amount of storage space, while taking into account the size...
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