Rigor and Fun in Mathematics at New Haven High School
Rigor and Fun in Mathematics at New Haven High School
Posted on 09/06/2013
With the school year finally in full swing, the rigor can begin to stress some students out. Taught by Mr. Troy Guenin, the honors algebra II class at New Haven High School manages to have some fun outdoors to ease the stress, while still incorporating rigor in mathematics. The objective was to drop a water balloon, attached with rubber bands, from the roof of the school close enough to the ground that it wouldn't burst. The class began by gathering data on how far different types of rubber bands could stretch. They then made a prediction on how tall the building was, without being able to measure the height. After this, they estimated how many rubber bands were needed to attach to the balloon to drop it far enough, but not too far that it would burst. Finally, the class tested the experiment on the beautiful morning of September 6 with Superintendent Dr. Folks and New Haven principal Greg Mohler observing. Though some of the balloons didn't make it through, the group with the balloon "Chaillifon", a combination of names of the three students in the group, successfully competed the operation with no scratches to the balloon. “Chaillifon” was the overall winner and lasted through the drop! (Hannah Lickey, PR Intern Reporter)

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