I also find that sometimes students (or math clubs) are interested in this type of thing just for fun!
There are just so many uses for a good article that feels relevant to teens. Just have them read and summarize for a quick no-prep assignment.
Choose a few that are appropriate for your students - I've included a few notes about what level each article is, so you do not have to browse through every one.
The Math Equations that Determine the Fate of Refugees
Gaussian Curves - Applications in Pizza, Corrugated Metal, Grass, Eggs, & More
Winning Strategy for "Rock, Paper, Scissors" (video)
Why Roller Coaster Loops are not Perfect Circles
Why You Are Not "Bad at Math"
The Math Principles Behind Juggling
The Story of Yitang Zhang & His Work on an "Unsolvable" Math Problem
Why Are Raindrops Mathematically Impossible? (video)
We are Born with Math & Number Instincts
The Math Behind Computer Color Glitches (video)
Card Shuffling Strategies
Pascal's Triangle - The Beauty & Secrets of Mathematics (video)
A Playable Polygon "Parable"
I hope your students enjoy these! I have so much fun collecting links like this, and am always looking for more. Feel free to share additional articles that you have found in the comments, so we can keep our collection growing!
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2/18/2016 09:49:33 am
These are some really interesting topics that I'm sure students would love to know about. I'm going to check them all out. Thanks for sharing.
2/18/2016 06:46:58 pm
Awesome! Thanks so much, Latreil! :)
12/6/2016 09:16:48 am
Any updates to this list? In our district we are required to have the students go through a close read assignment with a 2-3 page article. I love your resources but I'm looking for shorter passages/articles.
12/6/2016 07:11:43 pm
3/3/2017 03:15:43 pm
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3/3/2017 03:23:08 pm
It said that with Rock Paper Scissors they strategy that works best it if someone lays down rock and you lay down scissors then rock wins. And if you where to do another round then it's more that likely that the winner will lay down the same thing so you know that if they lay down a rock you can lay paper and win using that strategy bepending on your position.
10/20/2017 01:39:06 pm
I read the article why are rollercoaster loops not circular. The article taught me things that I didn't know. I learned that "Newton’s first Law of Motion of motion tells us that, without Centripetal Force, the coaster would like to travel in a straight line and at constant speed."
9/17/2020 08:15:56 pm
Wonderful article. Math is always an important subject to learn, but establishing an interest in math is difficult. As a parent, who has a 2nd grade kid. I always want my kid to have a better education, so I have researched many ways to increase his learning interest until I found Beestar. Beestar has a free math worksheet for students to practice math at home. With these after-school exercises, my son's grade has significantly improved because he puts effort on the math, which helps him master fundamental skills.
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