Tag Archives: Graphing

Mini-Project on Translations, Reflections, and Rotations

1 Jun

I’ve been incorporating more art into math this year. This project continues this theme. I had the students draw a pre-image, and then accurately translate it, reflect it, and rotate it into images. They could do these transformations in any order; they just need to document all the transformation rules and label the vertices correctly. Here’s some student work: 2014-05-30 13.29.35 2014-05-30 06.49.28 2014-05-30 06.49.36 2014-05-30 06.50.03 2014-05-30 06.50.31

Rubric for Transformation Project

My students get creative with Desmos

30 Nov

Last week I introduced my students to Desmos. After doing a short lesson to show off the power and “what-if” capabilities of desmos, I pretty much let them loose on creating equation-driven art. My main objective here was for students to get a deeper understanding of linear equations, and specifically more experience with restricting the domain and/or range of a linear equation. So I showed the students how to restrict the domain and range, and my only requirement of the art is that they include at least one instance of a restricted domain/range.  Very soon the kids wanted to know how to create and manipulate parabolas, circles, sine waves, etc.  The students absolutely loved this activity; I was hearing comments like “Desmos is the best app I ever”, and “oh, now I see how that works”.  I gave them two class periods to work on their art, and told them they can complete it at home and save it to the  google folder they have shared with me. Here’s some of the artwork I received back. This first one, the Hunger Games’ Mockingjay uses 40 equations and the student worked on it for over 3 hours.


To see Mockingjay in all its glory in Desmos:  https://www.desmos.com/calculator/ihxor3kijv


To see butterfly in Desmos: https://www.desmos.com/calculator/zwmkq6gxx5


To see Birds by the Sea in Desmos: https://www.desmos.com/calculator/poq9oyptce


To see star in circles in Desmos: https://www.desmos.com/calculator/tweud3vjdw

Halloween: Scary Graphing Stories

31 Oct

This was a hoot! A couple of weeks my algebra students and I were going over graphing relationships. I had a story about Bob driving a car to demonstrate a speed .vs. time continuous graph. Later we used the example of a squirrel gathering acorns to demonstrate a discrete graph. The students started mashing the stories together to create a story and graph of Bob chasing the squirrel….it didn’t end well.

Anyway, scary graphing stories were born. So today for Halloween, I created this Scary Graphing Stories worksheet. After the students created the stories, we shared out. Here’s a small sampling of student work: