I found the following free website which one can use if you have the luxury of a data projector, internet connection and/or an interactive white board. If you do not have those privelages, you can still visit the site and see what it offers. (http://www.mathapprentice.com/)

Math Apprentice is a new free website, meant to show students how math is used in real world. In the game, you are like an apprentice at various companies, applying your math skills to challenges similar to those encountered in the real world and real companies.

To begin, you click the button on the home page of the site that says “Explore the Math”. Then choose your character, and you’ll be on the main street (see screenshot above) . Then use arrow keys to move right or left, and click to select a company to visit.

The companies you can visit are:

Sweet Treat Cafe – baking pies

Wheelworks – constructing bicycles and exploring gear ratios

Game Pro! – keep track of the distance between superhero and the villain in a computer game, using Pythagorean Theorem

Spacelogic – study speed of a spacecraft & slope, and then angle & distance commands to get the space rover where it needs go.

Trigon Studios – Explore the usage of sine and cosine functions to create rhytmic or repeating motion of animated objects.

Doodles – explore polar curves created with sine and cosine. These can be like stars, flowers, or spirals.

Builders, Inc. – calculate areas and perimeters of shapes

Adventure Rides – study the angle of elevation and height of a roller coaster

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November 5, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Hi Johan,

Thanx for sharing this – I think the learners will enjoy this site!!!

Teacher discussion thread about this resource can be found here:

http://mathsliteracy.ning.com/forum/topics/free-website-math-in-real