Monday, 5 August 2013

The probability of math being lost in time...

The Awesome 1's have been learning about probability this term as their minor focus while fractions is their major focus. In probability, the students have learned about the meaning of terms such as certain, likely, even, unlikely and impossible. We looked at events that relate to these terms and linked them appropriately.

So what about time travel? "Impossible" the Awesome 1's reply.
We then discussed what IMPOSSIBLE actually meant using the dictionary. The ever challenging teacher then asked "are cell phones impossible?"
The students looked at him like he was mad. "Of course not" they replied.
The teacher then posed the question"what about 100 years ago? What would the people of 1913 have thought of a phone that fits in a pocket and can take photos?"
"Hmmmmm, never thought of it like that" replied the Awesome 1's.

The teacher then explained that nothing is impossible, we as a species just haven't figured out how to do it yet. Then to prove that time travel could be POSSIBLE, the teacher presented a YouTube clip of a woman on a cell phone back in 1928. Have a look at the clip below....




Is time travel real? The Awesome 1's seem to think so, but we'll leave it up to you to decide. One thing is for CERTAIN, our maths lesson was a lot of fun and we learned a lot.

2 comments:

  1. Im still not sure about time travel, but im still going to say it is not real ;D

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  2. Time is the 4th dimension- whether this is a discrete variable or one of infinite proportions, its possibly something of mathematical conjecture that remains within the realm of probability- whether it is calculable- who knows???!!!

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