Get the Math
 algebra
 equations
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Pros
It makes math relevant and fun; kids will really get into the challenges because they're authentic.Cons
Content is limited to algebra and it would be nice to see a tool for teachers to track student progress.Bottom Line
Fantastic proof that algebra is used to solve real problems in kidapproved professions  basketball, music, and fashion.A Teacher page includes training videos on how to use classroom materials, lesson plans, and student handouts.
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Videos show real people using math in ways that kids can relate to; they'll authentically use math in music, fashion, and sports. Super fun! Design is ultramodern and very teenfriendly.
Each challenge is a real problem that requires math, and kids can use multiple approaches to reach a valid answer. As kids watch hiphop duo DobleFlo jam, they'll get an understanding of how actual math fits into their work.
Hints support kids struggling through a Challenge. Video and text work together for kids who have different learning styles.
Get the Math is a website that shows kids how to use math in the real world (thus proving that math is used in the real world!). Short videos demonstrate how professionals use math in music, fashion, video games, restaurants, special effects, and even basketball. Using real people in their realworld examples, like video game designer Julia Detar or restaurant owner Sue Torres, the site shares stories of how people and businesses use algebra in their daily lives. After watching the videos, kids can "Take the Challenge," tackling an algebra problem based on what they just saw, and when that's completed, there are further challenges on the same topic.
Standouts:
 Math in Video Games Video – Watch a movie clip where a designer writes functions to create video games.
 Videogame Challenge – Plot a linear path so that your spaceship won’t crash into the asteroid.
 Math in Music Challenge  Use algebra to match up the tempos of the drum track with an instrumental sample.
It's so good. Get the Math videos don’t just loosely connect math to the real world; everything is specific, clear, and presented in a totally relatable, fun way. Subjects are diverse, featuring many people of color and women in nontraditional industries. Some of the challenges are better than others; for the video game challenge, kids answer math questions in order to play a video game built by math, whereas it would be more authentic if they could create a function that in turn builds a small piece of a video game.
The Math in Music challenge is an excellent example of a problem that's interesting and has multiple possible ways to get to the correct answer; kids use math to mix music along with hiphop artists DoubleFlo. It provides just the right amount of structure and support while still leaving the kids space to puzzle it out themselves. Our main complaint: It's too bad that the site's limited to algebra content; we want it for all the math subjects!
Read More Read LessYou might choose to use the setup video to introduce the website, but many middle and high school students may find it a little cheesy. Instead, pick a topic, like Math in Fashion, and show that specific introduction video to the kids  these videos are great, and kids will respond positively. Then, let the kids work through the challenges in pairs, sharing a computer. You could use the followup challenges for each topic as an assessment, and make sure to check out the Teacher page for complete lesson plans aligned to the Common Core Math Standards and worksheets. Sample assessment questions for each unit are also provided.
Read More Read LessKey Standards Supported
Creating Equations  
HSA.CED: Create Equations That Describe Numbers Or Relationships  
HSA.CED.1  Create equations and inequalities in one variable and use them to solve problems. Include equations arising from linear and quadratic functions, and simple rational and exponential functions. 
HSA.CED.2  Create equations in two or more variables to represent relationships between quantities; graph equations on coordinate axes with labels and scales. 
HSA.CED.3  Represent constraints by equations or inequalities, and by systems of equations and/or inequalities, and interpret solutions as viable or non viable options in a modeling context. For example, represent inequalities describing nutritional and cost constraints on combinations of different foods. 
Expressions And Equations  
7.EE: Solve RealLife And Mathematical Problems Using Numerical And Algebraic Expressions And Equations.  
7.EE.3  Solve multistep reallife and mathematical problems posed with positive and negative rational numbers in any form (whole numbers, fractions, and decimals), using tools strategically. Apply properties of operations to calculate with numbers in any form; convert between forms as appropriate; and assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies. For example: If a woman making $25 an hour gets a 10% raise, she will make an additional 1/10 of her salary an hour, or $2.50, for a new salary of $27.50. If you want to place a towel bar 9 3/4 inches long in the center of a door that is 27 1/2 inches wide, you will need to place the bar about 9 inches from each edge; this estimate can be used as a check on the exact computation. 
7.EE.4  Use variables to represent quantities in a realworld or mathematical problem, and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning about the quantities. 
8.EE: Analyze And Solve Linear Equations And Pairs Of Simultaneous Linear Equations.  
8.EE.8.c  Solve realworld and mathematical problems leading to two linear equations in two variables. For example, given coordinates for two pairs of points, determine whether the line through the first pair of points intersects the line through the second pair. 
Understand The Connections Between Proportional Relationships, Lines, And Linear Equations.  
8.EE.5  Graph proportional relationships, interpreting the unit rate as the slope of the graph. Compare two different proportional relationships represented in different ways. For example, compare a distancetime graph to a distancetime equation to determine which of two moving objects has greater speed. 
8.EE.6  Use similar triangles to explain why the slope m is the same between any two distinct points on a nonvertical line in the coordinate plane; derive the equation y = mx for a line through the origin and the equation y = mx + b for a line intercepting the vertical axis at b. 
Ratios And Proportional Relationships  
7.RP: Analyze Proportional Relationships And Use Them To Solve RealWorld And Mathematical Problems.  
7.RP.2.c  Represent proportional relationships by equations. For example, if total cost t is proportional to the number n of items purchased at a constant price p, the relationship between the total cost and the number of items can be expressed as t = pn. 
7.RP.2.d  Explain what a point (x, y) on the graph of a proportional relationship means in terms of the situation, with special attention to the points (0, 0) and (1, r) where r is the unit rate. 
7.RP.3  Use proportional relationships to solve multistep ratio and percent problems. Examples: simple interest, tax, markups and markdowns, gratuities and commissions, fees, percent increase and decrease, percent error. 
Reasoning With Equations And Inequalities  
HSA.REI: Solve Equations And Inequalities In One Variable  
HSA.REI.3  Solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable, including equations with coefficients represented by letters. 
Understand Solving Equations As A Process Of Reasoning And Explain The Reasoning  
HSA.REI.1  Explain each step in solving a simple equation as following from the equality of numbers asserted at the previous step, starting from the assumption that the original equation has a solution. Construct a viable argument to justify a solution method. 
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 Great real world examples.4September 20, 2015
 Awesome real world mathematical application!4June 1, 2015
 Great way to use applications in the classroom!4April 2, 2015
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