This week’s math minute talks about cool jobs that involve math! You might remember the January 12th Math Minute where Tony DeRose talked about how math plays an important role in his job as a 3D animator at Pixar. Nafees Bin Zafar is also in the movie making business. He is a visual effect expert who has helped create some of the most memorable smashes, crashes, and dashes on the movie screen.
How can you spend your Math Minutes this week?
- Read Cool Jobs: Math as entertainment from Science News for Students. You can also download a .pdf version of the article by clicking here. Pick out one of the jobs mentioned in the article and leave a comment about how math is used in their job. When posting a comment, use your first name, grade, and school (i.e. Tyler, 5, Sunset). Do not publish your email.
- Magician Arthur Benjamin mentions that his favorite number is 2,520 because it is the smallest, yes I said smallest, number divisible by all the numbers 1 through 10. Prove this on a piece of paper by doing all the division problems and then take a picture of it. Send the picture to the EY coordinator at your building or send it to your teacher and have him/her forward it to the EY coordinator. BTW…Arthur Benjamin has a super cool TED Talk. Watch it if you have time!
- Describe the difference between a 2-D and 3-D printer. What are some advantages of 3-D printing? If you had your own 3-D printer, what are some things you would like to make? If you’re really interested in 3D printing, here’s a link to another Science News for Students article on that topic. Feel free to leave a comment about something new and interesting you learned!