What it is: Off Road Algebra is a series of video resources focused on pre-algebra and algebra for ninth grade. This Hot Chalk unit centers around off-road motorcycle racing. There are 30 related problems for off-road algebra, each with an accompanying digital resources.
Problem 1: Conversion between gallons and liters
Problem 2: Miles per gallon
Problem 3: Gallons per mile
Problem 4: Velocity x time = distance, Part 1
Problem 5: Velocity x time = distance Part 2
Problem 6 (not available)
Problem 7: Comparing decibels
Problem 8: (not available)
Problem 9: Slopes and Ramps, Part 1
Problem 10: Slopes and Ramps, Part 2
Problem 11: Playing catch up, Part 1
Problem 12: Playing catch up, Part 2
Problem 13: GPS Axis
Problem 14: GPS conversion
Problem 15: GPS distance
Problem 16: Mixing Gas and Oil
Problem 17: Margin of Victory
Problem 18: Lap Time Math
Problem 19: Trac Turn Angles
Problem 20: Number of Revolutions
Problem 21: Inside and Outside a Wheel
Problem 22: Choosing between mean and median
Problem 23: Cylinder Volume
Problem 24: Comparing the Volume
Problem 25: Graphing the Ride
Problem 26: Acceleration, Part 1
Problem 27: Acceleration, Part 2
Problem 28: Acceleration, Part 3
Problem 29: Calculating with the contact patch
Problem 30: Tire Aspect Ratio
How to integrate Off-Road Algebra into the classroom: If you have spent any time in a math classroom, I’m sure you have heard something to the effect of, “why would we ever need this in real life?”. It is a good question. Learning should look like life…after all, isn’t that the point? Off-Road Algebra helps students understand how the concepts they are learning in algebra are related to life through the world of off-road motorcycles. Math is more than just filling in the correct answer on a test. Math is everywhere and we need to help students see that.
These videos walk students through off-road motorcycling problems so that they can make the connections between the classroom and life beyond the classroom. There is a printable PDF that you can download that has thorough explanations and answers for all 30 problems. You can also find a correlation between the math problems and standards.
Use these videos with your whole class using a projector-connected computer or interactive whiteboard. Video is ideal for math because it gives students the ability to pause, rewind and replay as needed. Using an IWB with built-in IWB software, students can annotate over the desktop to solve equations as the video plays.
The videos are a great alternative to the standard math textbook, offering video explanations of how to solve a variety of problems. Students can use these to support work in the classroom or at home. The videos could make a quick-stop center activity in the one or two computer classroom.
Tips: Be sure to check out Hot Chalks other real-world math problems.
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