Middle School Math
with The Mathematical Nights

Description

This course provides a highly imaginative and unconventional approach to middle-grade math review. Robert Black is the author of three math novels in which a middle school-age girl and her classmate are challenged by math-incompetent otherwordly creatures to solve a series of math-based problems. Students will be confronted with a wide variety of math problems more interesting and fun than anything they may have encountered in their math classes. There will be plenty of additional problems and opportunities for review of the basic math concepts. This is anything but drill and practice.

Instructor

Robert Black

Class Details

Live Class: No

Assignments: Weekly assignments

Duration: 6 weeks: July 10 to August 18

Student Expectations:
Students submit weekly assignments for feedback.

Student Support:
Teacher is available via email.

Feedback/Assessment:
Feedback will be provided on weekly assignments and projects. Grade recommendations are optional.

Materials/Supplies:
Students will need the books Night of the Paranormal Patterns, Night of the Frightening Fractions, and Night of the Eerie Equations. Resources

Prerequisites:
Students should be comfortable navigating basic computer functions.

For Ages:
11+

Agenda:
Week 1
Night of the Paranormal Patterns, Chapters 1-6
Rate Problems, Graphs, Deriving the Fibonacci Sequence, Basics of Proof
Week 2
Night of the Paranormal Patterns, Chapters 7-14
Probability and Expected Value, Coordinates and Graphing, Combinations and Pascal's Triangle
Week 3
Night of the Frightening Fractions, Chapters 1-7
Basics of Fractions, Common Factors, Ratios and Conversions
Week 4
Night of the Frightening Fractions, Chapters 8-15
Fractions in Equations, Scaling, Probability and Expected Value
Week 5
Night of the Eerie Equations, Chapters 1-6
Simultaneous Equations, Expected Value, Basics of Geometry
Week 6
Night of the Eerie Equations, Chapters 7-15
Rate Problems, Simultaneous Equations, Using Formulas