Math for Real: Octane Algebra

“when will I ever use this?”

Author: Don S. Balka and Dave Rash
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Octane numbers, seen at the gas pump, are explored and calculated to provide the real-life tie-in to this computation activity.

Footnotes

Edited by Erik Tillema, etillema@iupui.edu, who teaches at Indiana University in Indianapolis, and Fred Dillon, dillon314@sbcglobal.net, a math educator from Strongsville, Ohio. Manuscripts should show how math is used to solve a real-life problem, preferably in the context of one's profession, and should be no more than 300 words. Submit manuscripts through http://mtms.msubmit.net.

Contributor Notes

Don S. Balka is Professor Emeritus at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and president of TODOS: Mathematics for All.

Dave Rash is a retired electrician and former co-owner of Banner Electric in Plymouth, Indiana.

Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School

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