# Math in Film and Media

I decided to create this page after seeing a presentation at the 2020 KYMATYC Conference on ‘Math in Media.’ Here I’m sharing things I learned during this session. I have also added some of my thoughts and items to the list. If you have any others that you think would be helpful to add to this list, please let me know!

Although I had used films before (see the list below), I hadn’t thought about using them to introduce topics in class or thought more about integrating them into discussion forums in online courses. The KYMATYC Session opened my eyes to a plethora of new ideas!

 Semester Film Discussion Questions Fall 2018 Fermat’s Last Theorem Questions Winter 2018 Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room Questions Fall 2017 The Big Short Winter 2017 The Man Who Knew Infinity Questions Fall 2015 N is A Number: Portrait of Paul Erdös Questions Winter 2015 21 Questions Fall 2014 Good Will Hunting Questions Winter 2014 A Beautiful Mind Questions Fall 2013 Proof Questions Winter 2013 Stand and Deliver Questions

Items from the KYMATYC Conference

 Film Topic/Usage RHIANNA What’s My Name Lyrics say, “the square root of 69 is 8 something.” Use to introduce linear approximation. Time-Lapse of Baby Learning to Walk Ask students why they are being shown the video. Show that learning requires falling down and major change takes time. Good for use in an online class discussion forum. Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) – Trash Compactor Squeeze Theorem L’enfant et les sortilèges Arithmetic (see here for details) What’s our vector, Victor? Vectors Back to the Future Model Scene Introduce Modeling. What is modeling and why do we use it? Dr Seuss’ The Sneetches Full Version Functions, Domain, Range, Inverses Clarke and Dawe – The Front Fell Off Related Rates The Expert (Short Comedy Sketch) Parallel and Perpendicular lines; triangles Father of the Bride – Hot Dogs/Hot Dog Buns Least Common Multiples Ma & Pa Kettle Math Arithmetic, Counting, Multiplying OCC vs Metric System Fractions, Systems of Measurement The Log Song – Ren & Stimpy Logarithms Sir Cumference and The First Round Table “Sir Cumference” is a series of Math books. This is just a reading of one of them.

Other Items I’ve Collected Since

 Film Topic/Usage “The Way Back” Trailer Basketball Statistics Working together to make things happen: JP Cardoso at TEDxBrainport Importance of Groupwork The Math People Myth | Nate Brown | TEDxPSU How likely is a shark attack? – Gerd Gigerenzer | TED-Ed Probability and Likelihood AWESOME ALGEBRA MUSIC VIDEO y=mx + b (catchiest song you’ll ever hear) Because I said I would Personal Development Videos Time Management, etc. Exponential growth and epidemics Exponential Growth MSNBC host, New York Times journalist make huge on-air maths blunder Arithmetic; basic math TED-Ed – Where do Math Symbols come from? TED-Ed – The greatest mathematician that never lived – Pratik Aghor

Other Items of Interest

Resources from “Math and the Movies” by Dr. Joseph Teran (2021 National Math Fest Presentation) – Who made the ocean flow in “Moana”? Who made the snow swirl in “Frozen”? Mathematicians, that’s who! While this talk about the math behind the magic of modern movie visual effects was not recorded due to copyrighted content, Dr. Teran shared some additional guidance for students interested in pursuing a career in this field. In addition, we’ve added several free resources to learn more in our More Math! collection.