Presentation on theme: "Mathematics in Movies and Television Shows"— Presentation transcript:
1 Mathematics in Movies and Television Shows Elana Epstein, Ed.D.St. Joseph’s College
2 Outline Using Movies and TV Shows to Motivate a Lesson Using Movies and TV Shows as the LessonUsing movies and TV Shows to Reinforce an IdeaIdeas in Other Media
3 Using Movies and TV Shows to Motivate a Lesson Example 1: The Da Vinci CodeCryptography and Fibonacci Numbers
4 SummaryRobert Langdon asked by French police to look at crime scene where curator of the Lourve diedThere is a secret message written:13 – 3 – 2 – 21 – 1 – 1 – 8 – 5 O, Draconian devil! Oh, lame saint!Recognize these numbers?
5 Summary Cont. Numbers are Fibonacci numbers out of order 13 – 3 – 2 – 21 – 1 – 1 – 8 – 51 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 5 – 8 – 13 – 21Rearrange wordsO, Draconian devil! Oh, lame saint!Leonardo Da Vinci the Mona Lisa
6 Uses Introduction to cryptography Introduction to the Fibonacci numbersProblem Solving
7 Using Movies and TV Shows to Motivate a Lesson Example 2: MonkProbability
8 SummaryTwo victims have the same first and last names
9 UsesHow likely is this coincidence? Lead to discussion of the birthday problem: How many people are required in order to have a better than even chance that two or more of them have the same birthday?
10 Or to The Monty Hall problem: On a game show there are three doors Behind one is a car, the others have goats You pick a door and the host, who know what's behind the doors, opens another door which has a goat Should you switch?
11 Using Movies and TV Shows to Motivate a Lesson Example 3: Castaway Area of Circle
12 SummaryChuck tries to figure out how many miles people would have to search to rescue him Search Area
13 UsesHave students figure out what formula he used to find the area and then go through the usual area problemsMotivation to find out what pi is
14 Using Movies and TV Shows to Motivate a Lesson Example 4: Futurama Number Theory
15 SummaryA number was needed for scene in Futurama Writers chose 1729: = =
16 FuturamaWeisstein, Eric W. “1729." From MathWorld--A Wolfram Web Resource.
17 Uses Have students try to come up with these kind of numbers As extra credit have students watch episodes and look for these numbers
18 Using Movies and TV Shows to Motivate a Lesson Example 5: Death and the CompassProblem SolvingBased on the short storyby Jorge Luis Borges
19 Death and the CompassThree murders occur in equilateral triangle Inspector predicts fourth to form a rhombus
20 CAN YOU STOP THE CRIME?The police squad in Upstate New York is stumped, so you are called in as a math special agent. So far there have been two murders, and the killer left notes at each location implying there will be a third and final murder. Your job is to figure out where the crime will occur so the police can get to the scene and stop it from happening. This is a map of the first two crimes.
21 CAN YOU STOP THE CRIME?At the first crime the following clue was found: Unlike its salmon When I cross and climb Bear Mountain My bridges will be burned For I will not return. There will be three dead by the 3rd night. Say what you will, I am always RIGHT. And on the second night this clue was found: The north better be armed For the third time won’t be a charm. My crime spree will be terminated Thirty degrees northwest of where I originated. Can you help the police figure out where the third crime will be?
22 Using Movies and TV Shows to Motivate a Lesson Example 6: Matilda Mental Math
23 Uses Matilda can add and multiply numbers in her head really fast Have students think about how she was able to do thisTeach tricks such as:To find 1784 x 11First do 1784 x 10 = 17840Then sum = 19624
24 Using Movies and TV Shows as the Lesson Example 1: Die Hard: With A Vengeance Problem Solving
25 SummaryMain characters go on a hunt to capture a criminal and have to solve riddlesAs I was going to St IvesI met a man with seven wivesAnd every wife had seven sacksAnd every sack had seven catsAnd every cat had seven kitsKits, cats, sacks, wivesHow many were going to St Ives?
26 Die HardHere’s another riddle: Given 5 gallon and 3 gallon jugs make exactly 4 gallons of water
27 Using movies and TV Shows to Reinforce an Idea Example 1: The Da Vinci Code Probability
28 The Da Vinci CodeSophie describes how many combinations are on a cryptex
29 Uses Have them do calculations to show how she got this answer: 26x26x26x26x26 = 11,881,376Then give similar problems
30 Using movies and TV Shows to Reinforce an Idea Example 2: 30 Rock Transitivity
31 30 RockTracy discovers Grizz can beat Kenneth at Halo and uses the transitive property
32 Links to Related Pages Numb3rs http://www.weallusematheveryday.com Simpsons MathmathFuturama MathMath in the MoviesMath Textbookuct/0,3110, ,00.html
33 Ideas in Other Media- Books Example 1: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Problem Solving
34 SummaryHarry and Hermione have to solve a riddle involving seven bottlesThe chosen bottle either moves them forward, behind, contains wine, or kills themHermione uses logic to solve the puzzle
35 UsesHave students work in pairs Each student draws a picture of the seven bottles and their partner uses the picture along with the given clues to solve the riddle
36 Ideas in Other Media- Books Example 2: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon Prime numbers and Problem Solving
37 Uses Chapters labeled with prime numbers Main character studying for math examWhat to do when you get lost
38 Other book ideas Math in literature terature/mathlitles.htmbankmathandliterature.html
39 Ideas in Other Media- Songs U+ Me = Us 2gether4 out of 5 Soul CoughingMathematics Mos Def(Lord It's Hard to Be Happy When You're Not) Using the Metric System Atom and His Package
40 Ideas in Other Media- Poems Euclid Alone Has Looked on Beauty BareBy Edna St. Vincent MillayCompares mathematical insight to divine revelationComplete analysis:604.html
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