Students analyze items from the media to answer mathematical questions related to the article. Estimating the size of the crowd at the Obama inauguration leads to estimating skills and finding areas, whereas the Zombie epidemic leads to modeling infectious disease.


Edited by Louis Lim, Thornhill Secondary School, Thornhill, ON, Canada

Lionel Garrison, Horace Mann School, Bronx, NY

Contributor Notes

Chris J. Park,, who contributed “How Many People Can Fit on the National Mall?” teaches secondary school mathematics at Eastdale CVI in Oshawa, Ontario. Heather K. Lye,, who contributed “Zombie Attack,” teaches grades 9 and 10 science and grade 11 physics at Clarkson Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario. She is interested in inquiry-based learning in both science and mathematics and enjoys completing killer sudokus.

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