|Our version of bedtime math|
While J3 has seen axes and graphing before, this was his first exposure to equations for lines. Really cool to see how Desmos lowers the threshold for exploring enough to make this easy and (again) fun for a young child. Now, I'm not under any illusion that he fully understood everything he was doing, but I believe these types of experiences build a comfort and background that is helpful whenever he formally encounters these ideas again. Feel free to disagree with me and let me know in the comments!
Use of SlidersFor some of the challenges, I gave him a generic equation and added sliders for the coefficients. Here's an example:
|His choice of variable names|
The challenges: Spoiler AlertJ3 asked me to post his solutions to the first three challenges. Can you solve them with fewer lines?
|Four lines for the first challenge|
|Can you even see how this solution works? Some kind of quantum effect, I guess? Solution has 2 lines|
|Whoa, a new kind of line! Solution has 2 lines|