Sony’s “The Interview” Math Problem

In December of 2014, Sony released the movie The Interview online after threats to theaters cancelled the debut in theaters. As originally reported in Wall Street Journal, the sales figures reported in January contained an interesting math problem appropriate for algebra students.

The following January, Sony reported sales of $31 million from the sales and rentals of The Interview. They sold the movies online for $15 and rented through various sites for $6. If there were 4.3 million transactions, how many of the transaction were sales of the movie and how many of the transactions were rentals?

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Online Registration for Spring Conference Now Available

The Spring 2015 ArizMATYC Conference is a little over a month away! Join your colleagues from around the state at Cochise College in Sierra Vista on February 20. You can register online now through the link below.

Register Online Today

Please register by February 6 to ensure lunch availability.

There is still time to submit a conference proposal.

Submit a Proposal to Speak

The deadline for proposals is January 16.

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Link Your College Email to a Google Account

google_group_01ArizMATYC commmunicates with its members via this website as well as a Google Group. You can access this group through a Google account and post to the group. However, if you are not subscribed to the group all you can do is to view the postings. In the menu above is a link to the ArizMATYC Google Group.

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PhotoMath: The New Killer App for Students?

Logo PhotoMath landscapeOver the past few hours, many news sources like CNN and Engadget have reported on the app PhotoMath. According to their website, this app claims

PhotoMath reads and solves mathematical expressions by using the camera of your mobile device in real time. It makes math easy and simple by educating users how to solve math problems.

Wow! What an enlightened view of how this app might be used.

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AMATYC News

By Kathryn Kozak, VP of the SW Region of AMATYC

Being a member of AMATYC has some benefits that I would like to outline. Mostly, a member receives a discount to the annual conference that actually saves the member more than the cost of membership. So if you are attending a conference, it makes more sense to be a member.

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ArizMATYC Fall 2014 Conference and ATF Report

By Ana Jimenez, Pima College
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The Fall 2014 ArizMATYC Conference and Articulation Task Force (ATF) Meeting took place at Pima Community College’s Northwest Campus on Friday, October 10, 2014. The Conference began early Friday morning with a breakfast and welcome addresses from Pima Community College Northwest Campus President David Doré and AMATYC Southwest Regional Vice-President Kate Kozak. Sessions included topics ranging from learning communities to differentiation tricks.

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Conference Sessions Listed – Register Now!

ArizMATYC Conference: Directions in Mathematics

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Friday, October 10 in Tucson, Arizona

  • “An Introduction to Calcplot3D”
  • “I Flipped Out in My Flipped Classroom”
  • “Kinesthetic body awareness in the College Algebra classroom”

 

Check out the Complete ArizMATYC Conference Session List (with Descriptions)

AZ DevEd Summit: Directions in Developmental Education
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Saturday, October 11 in Tucson, Arizona

  • “Learning Communities to Support Developmental Education Students”
  • “Fear of Language: How Language Anxiety Perpetuates Life-Long Writing Challenges”
  • “Impact of the Student Success Coach”

 

Check out the Complete AZ DevEd Summt Session List (with Descriptions)

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First Day Activities

redwood_01I guess all of you are also finishing off your first week or two of classes. Over the years I have spent less and less time going over the course policies on the first day. For me, the first day used to be an anomaly. I talked all of the hour and fifteen minutes and they sat. None of the subsequent classes would be like this. Yet this first day often turns students off and gives them the impression that my class is a one way communication channel. Many students may drop the class purely on the basis of that first day.

Instead of spending the entire class on the syllabus, I do fifteen minutes on how their grade is determined and then move on to an activity. For my college algebra class this semester, this activity had a secret motive. I decided to add to the group activities I do in class and make the projects in the class a collaborative effort. To make these groups effective, I need to get a feel for the students and how they work together. I wanted the activity to give me a feel for their personality…leader or follower.

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Fall Meeting Location Announced

Pima College’s Northwest Campus will be the location of the ArizMATYC meeting this fall. This meeting will be held jointly with the Arizona Developmental Education Summit. Because of this we expect a good turn out for both meetings. Set aside the dates, Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11, to attend both meetings.

Pima College Northwest Campus

You can get to the conference website by selecting the Next Meeting link on the menu at the top of the page.

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Learn Math With Electroshocks

Click...BZZZZZEveryone of us have had a student who is willing to do anything to get a better grade in math class. Thanks to Oxford University, there is a perfect solution for those students. Just FLIP THE SWITCH!

Just what my students need…a good dose of low current electricity to prod them into doing math. Anyone want to volunteer to run the regulator?

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