Saturday, July 30, 2011

Traffic Jam = Math in Context

Planning for the upcoming school year? Every student wants to know at some point how learning this math is relevant to their lives. Here's an activity that is fitting for urban and suburban areas. Have the students study traffic patterns. Pic an intersection or a few to study. Invite a traffic planner in. Discuss how light signal timing works and explore the formulas involved.

1 comment:

  1. This is a good tip to help my students understand the relevance of math in their lives. As a math tutor, I have developed so many strategies but I think this one would really help.