MATH AND TRAMPOLINES - WOULD YOU USE THESE WORDS IN THE SAME SENTENCE?
Updated: Aug 16
The answer is probably no, but did you know that math and trampolines can be related and connected in various ways. While trampolines are often associated with physical activity and lots of fun, they can also provide opportunities for exploring mathematical theories. You may ask yourself in school sometimes, “Why do I have to learn this?”, "How will I use this when I'm done with school?", well, below will give you an idea of how some concepts can be incorporated into daily life.
Let’s talk about geometry, trampolines can be used as a real-life example for measurement and geometry. You can measure the dimensions of a trampoline, such as its diameter or radius, and explore concepts like circumference and area.
Trampolines can also involve the study of motion and kinematics. By jumping on a trampoline, you experience various aspects of motion, such as velocity, acceleration, and the effects of gravity. You can analyze your jumps using principles of physics and mathematics, including the laws of motion and equations of motion.
Trampolines offer opportunities to observe and explore patterns and sequences. You can analyze the regular bouncing patterns, the heights reached during each bounce, or the timing between successive bounces. You can investigate arithmetic or geometric sequences and use mathematical reasoning to predict and describe these patterns.
Who knew math could be so fun! By incorporating trampolines into math, educators can make mathematical concepts more engaging and hands-on for students, creating a deeper understanding of mathematical principles. It also demonstrates how the real-world incorporates math (while we don’t even realize it!), making it more relatable and enjoyable for learners. Don't hesitate the next time in math class when asked about a real world example, you've got one!