Lessons in Units

CCSS UnitsHow do aspect ratios affect what you see on TV? Students use ratios to explore why the image doesn't always fit on the screen, and examine how letterboxing might affect their favorite movies.

What is the chance that PRISM ensnares an innocent person? Students use conditional probabilities to examine some of the implications of a program like PRISM. Specifically, if someone has been identified as a threat, whatâ€™s the probability that person actually *is* a threat?

How symmetrical are faces? Students apply their understanding of line reflections to develop a metric for facial symmetry.

How hard should you exercise? Students write and graph an equation for maximum heart rate in terms of age, and then calculate ideal heart rate zones for different types of workouts.

How much should you spend to get all the toys? Students use probability and expected value to figure out how many Happy Meals they should plan on buying if they want to collect all the toys in a series.

How much do different professions earn in a year? Students use ratios and proportional reasoning to compare how much LeBron James and teachers make, and how much they pay in taxes.

What is the likelihood of winning at craps? Students learn the rules of the popular casino game, and use probabilities to determine how likely players are to win big (or go broke).

How have video game console speeds changed over time? Students write an exponential function based on the Atari 2600 and Moore's Law, and see whether the model was correct for subsequent video game consoles.

Are Papa John's specialty pizzas a good deal? Students evaluate expressions to compare the prices of specialty vs. build-your-own pizzas, and determine how much they're saving...or losing!

What size ice cubes should you put in your drink? Students use surface area, volume, and rates to explore the relationship between the size of ice cubes and how good they are at doing their job: chilling.

Which movie rental service should you choose? Students develop a system of linear equations to compare Redbox, AppleTV, and Netflix, and determine which is the best plan for them.

How many ancestors do you have as you go back in time? Students use exponential growth to see how many people they're related to throughout human history.

How much should you pay for a shared wireless plan? Students use proportional reasoning to predict whether a family will go over their minutes, messages, or megabytes, and decide how much each person should pay.

Did UC Berkeley discriminate against women? Students use frequency tables, conditional probability, and Simpson's Paradox to explore the (un?)fairness of college admissions.

Have presidential speeches gotten dumber? Students evaluate the Flesch-Kincaid formula with inputs from three different presidents and analyze the formula to predict how specific changes to a speech will impact its score.