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Vectors in the Coordinate Plane
Examine the meaning and purpose of vectors. Use the lesson to teach your classes how find the magnitude of a vector and what it represents graphically. Your pupils will also combine vectors to find a resultant vector and interpret its...
11th - 12th Math CCSS: Designed
The Microbial Jungles All over the Place (And You)
The microbes are gathering, organizing, dividing, reproducing, forming communities, and cooperating. We're surrounded but we can't even see these tricky little organisms. Use this short video to introduce viewers to biofilms and then...
5 mins 7th - 12th Science
The Law of Large Numbers and Probability
Learners investigate why theoretical probability doesn't always match reality. The activity involves using Python 2.7 (or Sage) to set up a Bernoulli Trial. It also involves setting up a spreadsheet to simulate the Birthday Paradox....
8th - 12th Math CCSS: Designed
What Can Schrödinger's Cat Teach Us About Quantum Mechanics?
Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore. Step out of the macroscopic world and into the strange, bizarre realm of quantum mechanics with this short instructional video. Using the example of the Schrödinger's Cat thought...
5 mins 9th - Higher Ed Science CCSS: Adaptable