Maths With Zombies

18 May

A while a go, I posted an article about using zombies in education to help teach kids and students subjects that might otherwise seem a little boring. Initially, I thought that was as far as the idea would go, but instead it sparked something in my head. I’m a bit of a maths geek (my girlfriend’s forever making fun of me when I come home with new books with titles like Curious And Interesting Geometry – and yes that’s a real book which is currently sitting on my bookshelf!), but when I was at school I remember all the problems we were set being incredibly boring (all that stuff about trains travelling between stations and different speeds and so on). What, I thought, would happen if I combined my love of maths and my love of zombies? Could I come up maths problems that would actually be interesting?

The Little Book Of Zombie Mathematics

The Little Book Of Zombie Mathematics

This led me to create a sister-blog to this one with the rather endearing title of Maths With Zombies. I’ve posted five zombie-based maths problems on it so far and will be posting a new one each thursday at 15:00 (UK time). They’re aimed at anyone from the age of about 12 upwards, but should be challenging enough to keep adults entertained. There’s also a link for each problem that allows anyone to download a PDF handout that teachers can use in classrooms if they so wish.

Once I have enough problems together, I’m going to bring them together in a book which currently has the working title of The Little Book Of Zombie Mathematics: 50 zombie-based Maths Problems.

If you get a chance, check the Maths With Zombies blog out and let me know what you think.


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3 Responses to “Maths With Zombies”

  1. auburn21 19/05/2013 at 10:45 #

    Reblogged this on Waffling on… and commented:
    What an awesome idea! anything zombie gets a thumbs up from me 🙂

    • cmdrysdale 19/05/2013 at 10:50 #

      Thanks for re-blogging this, and glad to hear you like it.

  2. Trent DeJong 02/06/2013 at 08:21 #

    Zombies really are far more than just a movie monster. I teach Zombies! Zombies are great to use in an educational context because of their cultural popularity, especially among the school age demographic. As a teacher in the humanities, I have found them to be fascinating philosophically and think that zombies have a lot to teach us about ourselves. I have written about the meaning of zombies at my website (the first post is at http://trentdejong.com/?p=592). This series is a little academic and quite detailed. If you’d like a lighter version I summarized it all in a post called “10 Things Zombies Tell Us About Ourselves.” You can find that one here: http://www.squidoo.com/the-meaning-of-zombies2. I hope these resources can help teachers to engage their students.

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