Math Machines Videos

Designing Earthquakes: Magnitude: What if students could BOTH design structures to withstand earthquakes AND use mathematics to design earthquakes which will destroy those structures?

Functions in Color: Learners design and test mathematical functions to produce dynamic displays of up to 16.7 million colors

LACI Smart Cart: The LACI Smart Cart in action, first as a CNC-style machine and then as an extension to "Graph Match" activities--but using actual algebraic functions in addition to conceptual understanding.

Control a Laser: A hands-on activity using linear and quadratic functions to produce uniformly accelerated motions

Earthquake Simulator: A hands-on activity using the incredible power of logarithmic functions

Pig or Bacon?: A hands-on activity using piecewise-defined functions and uniformly accelerated motion

Engineering Design with Moment of Inertia: Rotate objects as rapidly as possible without breaking.

Penny Pitcher: Learners compare and test alternative functions of speed vs. time to drop pennies in specified targets.

2014 Math Machines Workshop: Highlighs of the workshop held at Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio, August 5-8, 2014.

Honda - Math Machines Workshop: Video from one of our calculator-based teacher workshops

Move It 200 mm in 4 seconds: A brief video (less than a minute) showing LACI at www.101qs.com. What questions can you add?

HARDWARE:

Function Plane

 

"Too few students think of algebra and trigonometry as exciting and practical subjects, but a simple control system project can improve their views dramatically."
-- mathematics faculty member

The software is available free to all educators willing to provide us with feedback.

Click here to download PC software.
(For Mac Software, email fred.thomas@mathmachines.net)

System Requirements: Windows XP SP3*, Vista, Windows 7 or 8
* The uncommon 64-bit version of XP is not supported. Vista and Windows 7 or 8 are supported in either 32-bit or 64-bit
Last updated: December 12, 2014

PDF version of the software Readme

Classroom activities using COLOR FUNCTIONS, the LACI SMART CART and the FUNCTION PLANE are here.

We will also appreciate bug reports and suggestions for improvements, as well as inquiries about possible collaboration. Email fred.thomas@mathmachines.net

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This material is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE-1003381

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