SETTING UP A STORY PROBLEM
How to build a Borg Ship?
(Box Problem using Quadratic Formula)
For this exercise, study the problem in the box below for a few minutes. Decide how you would translate the words into mathematical language, perhaps writing your thoughts on paper. Then let your mouse wander across the problem, noting how another observer would use and translate the same phrases. And beware: your conscience is watching you!
The above tutorial should help to "set up", that is, translate the given
problem into a quadratic equation.
Prof McFarland felt that
the student's main difficulty is the "setting up" process, and he hopes that
this web device helps the set up in a new and interesting way. Your comments
are eagerly invited!
This page last updated
10 April 2006
by T.L. McFarland