Math for Real: Hurricane Force Math

“when will I ever use this?”

Author: Jan A. Yow
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Hurricane season lasts from May 15 to November 30. Hurricanes such as Earl (2010) leave behind little destruction; others, like Katrina (2005), are very destructive. To predict the strength of a hurricane, researchers gather data, such as wind speed (in knots, kt) and pressure (in millibars, mb), and use mathematics to interpret these data


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Jan A. Yow,, is a National Board Certified teacher and mathematics education professor at the University of South Carolina. She is interested in high-quality mathematics instruction for all students through mathematics teacher leadership.

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