Saturday, 26 July 2008

Application of Relating Maths to Riding Bicycle

To appreciate maths, we need to relate or form real applications to aid maths learning or its understanding. We can apply maths concepts and its terms to any daily activities in the course of teaching or learning. Examples are easy to find since maths are everywhere.

One example can be simply riding a bicycle.
In this activity, many things relating to maths can be cited.

Let's see the relation.

To start off, riding and getting the bicycle to move forward steadily, we need the momentum and speed (this is measurement).

How to balance properly while riding ?
(This is related to the EQUAL operator in algebra, left side equals right side).

How far to ride on?
(This is distance measurement and unit term, metres or kilometres?, exponential expression).

Objects can be counted, example, lamp-posts that pass by along the way.
(This is counting and pattern recognition ability).

Braking force and how much to apply?
(This is analysis sector of maths).

Curve turning during cycling is another task to relate to maths.
(This is the geometry sector).

The parts of the bicycle can also be related to maths.
- Diameter of the wheel
- The angle of the seat
- The gear ratio of the pedal
- The strength of the metal support
- The weight of the bicycle

How long can the bicycle last?
(This is related to analysis sector, and probability study)

The above are some examples of citing maths term to actual real-world activity and item. Maths is not an isolated subject that is abstract from real-life.

With practice, we can quote many examples of maths relation to daily activities.

For more details on the numerous Sectors of Maths, view this link.
For another example of maths relation to real-life case, view here.


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