Day 135 – Calc Project Spotlight: Middle Earth Math

One of my students is REALLY into Lord of the Rings. What she is doing for her final project is tracking Frodo's journey from the Shire to Mordor. She is trying to calculate how fast he is going at each point in the journey using km per day as her unit, and then comparing to when she's using km per page as her unit. She has all these other ideas about how to analyze the data, and I'm really curious to see them!

I'm having a dilemma about these projects, which is how much calculus should they really include? This one is a good example… I don't know how complex the Calculus will be in this, but the idea is so awesome I want to encourage it and see if some Calculus can pop up!



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