Contextualizing Mathematics: Fortnite – Surviving the Storm

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In this session, developed as part of the Math Circles of Inquiry project, you are playing Fortnite. There are three loot boxes marked by your teammates. Which one is the best to go to? In other words, which point is closest to a given point outside a circle, the center of the circle or one of two points of tangency connecting the outside point to the circle? The highly contextualized nature of the problem posed will make the mathematics more appealing for students to explore. Moving between individual work, partner work, and whole class discussion, students make their predictions and consider vital information needed to solve the problem. They then select the mathematical tools appropriate to finding their information and get to work.

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