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Basic Algebra: story problem project

For this project, you will be creating a cartoon strip or a booklet of a story problem that you have written. Here are the steps to follow:

1.) Write a story problem, or word problem, using a topic from       either Chapter 3 or Chapter 4 in your textbook. If you need some ideas, use the word problems in the book as a guide.

2.) Make sure you solve your problem and include the solution in your project.

3.) Submit your problem to the teacher for double-checking by _________. You can submit it earlier if you want.

4.) Make your story problem into a booklet or a cartoon strip. You must make your booklet or cartoon strip using six sheets of 8.5 ˟ 11 paper. Each piece of paper will have a different picture illustrating part of your story problem. So, you will tell your story problem and solution in six parts and draw a picture for each part, like a cartoon strip in a newspaper.

5.) Arrange your six sheets into a booklet or a cartoon strip.

6.) Make sure to title your project and make sure to include your name on the back of your project. Submit your final draft by ___________.

7.) Any projects including inappropriate or offensive subject matter will not be accepted.

*BE CREATIVE AND HAVE FUN WITH THIS! TRY TO MAKE SOMETHING INTERESTING!*

Your project will be graded as follows:

50% - The problem is well written, the math is all correct, and the solution to the problem is included.

25% - The project includes six illustrated sheets.

10% - The project is neatly arranged into a cartoon strip or a booklet.

15% - The title is written on the project, the student's name is on the project, and it is handed in on time.

(see Photo Gallery for samples)

Mathematician

For this project, you must choose to do one of the following three options:

1. Poster Project (see Photo Gallery for samples):


Choose a famous mathematician who has made a significant contribution to the study of Algebra. Make a poster about your chosen mathematician. Your poster must include the following information:

       -The name of the mathematician and his/her picture.
       -The mathematician's birth date and place (date of death if applicable), family history, and hobbies or interests.
       -The mathematician's work history and educational history.
       -Name at least 3 different contributions this mathematician has made to the study of Algebra.
       -Name any honors or awards this mathematician has won.
       -Use at least 2 different sources and make a bibliography on the bottom of your poster in any appropriate format.*

This project will be graded as follows:

     20% Neatness and overall appearance
     50% Contains all the required, accurate information listed above
     10% Spelling and grammar
     20% Handed in on time with name on the back of the poster

2. Research Paper Project:


Write 3-5 pages about a famous mathematician who has made a significant contribution to the study of Algebra. The paper must be typed and double-spaced in Times New Roman size 12 font. The paper should have a title page with the mathematician's name, student's name, class, and the date. The pages of the paper must be numbered in the lower or upper right-hand corner. The paper must be 3-5 pages not including the title page or bibliography. Your paper must include the following information:

     -The mathematician's birth date and place (date of death if applicable), family history, and hobbies or interests.
     -The mathematician's work history and educational history.
     -Name and describe at least 3 different contributions this mathematician has made to the study of Algebra.
     -List any honors or awards this mathematician has won.
     -Use at least 2 different sources and make a bibliography on a separate back page in any appropriate format.*

This project will be graded as follows:

    20% Organization and format
    50% Contains all the required, accurate information listed above
    10% Spelling and grammar
    20% Handed in on time with student's name on the title page

3. PowerPoint Presentation
 (click here for a sample)

Make a minimum of 10 PowerPoint slides for your chosen mathematician. Save the presentation to a CD with your name written on it. The presentation must include the following information:

     -The name of the mathematician and his/her picture.
     -The mathematician's birth date and place (date of death if applicable), family history, and hobbies or interests.
     -The mathematician's work history and educational history.
     -Name at least 3 different contributions this mathematician has made to the study of Algebra.
     -Name any honors or awards this mathematician has won.
     -Use at least 2 different sources and make a bibliography on the last slide of your presentation in any appropriate format.*

This project will be graded as follows:

    20% Organization and format
    50% Contains all the required, accurate information listed above
    10% Spelling and grammar
    20% Handed in on time saved on a CD with your name on it.

*SOME NOTES ON SOURCES AND BIBLIOGRAPHIES:


Wikipedia is not considered an acceptable source. The information in Wikipedia is not necessarily accurate. See me if you need help finding sources.

sample video (submitted by Ross DiLugio) :

Girolamo Cardano- Italian physician, mathematician, and astrologer

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