Scientists Explore Math Review with Tasty Results
Tired of working on your math packet this summer? Maybe what you need are some hands-on projects to help illuminate the lessons. For example, the folks at Evil Mad Scientist have cooked up a great way to illustrate conic sections. You know, from algebra, when a plane slices through a cone, and all those curves result, be they an ellipse, a circle, a hyperbola or a parabola. You can try to imagine what they look like, or you can bake some scones, cut them up, smear them with jam or Nutella or peanut butter, and examine the results for yourself.
“It’s just a nice way to augment traditional learning — just as a way to enjoy the math at another level. We see math in everything we do. We’re the kind of people who play board games at the dinner table,” scientist (and baker) Lenore Edman told National Public Radio.