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The Simpsons Math

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The sitcom, "The Simpsons" "contains over a hundred instances of mathematics ranging from arithmetic to geometry to calculus, many designed to expose and poke fun at innumeracy." This site offers several "ways to introduce important concepts to students, and to reduce math anxiety and motivate students in courses for non-majors."
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Date Added to MERLOT: May 07, 2006
Date Modified in MERLOT: April 20, 2009
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Language: English
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Avatar for Jonathan Murphy
7 years ago

Jonathan Murphy

This is an great site for getting students who normally aren't interested in math beyond the Arithmetic/Algebra level to learn in a way that is both simple and fun. Everyone in this generation has seen or heard of "The Simpsons". This site talks about most of if not all the math that appears on the show as well as give a lot more in depth explanation of what it all means. They even have math used in Futurama included for the fans of that show.

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This website for the most part very easy to navigate. Every topic was separated into different categories. There were images as well as excerpts from the show script included, as well as the mathematical background's of the writers. They also included links to articles talking specifically about the math used in the show as well as quizzes and games. Overall, it was easy to use and navigate.
Time spent reviewing site: I spent roughly twenty minutes exploring every topic on the site.

Avatar for David Fink
8 years ago

David Fink (Faculty)

Although you may not be able to teach a complete class using this kind of approach, a high school or middle school student could be enticed during an introduction for a unit or an anticipatory set for a lesson. Students would be excited to see that math is incorporated into a silly TV show they watch. The questions created for each of the math scenes in The Simpsons are thought provoking and allow students to think critically about a topic. The questions posed 3D vs. 2D I believe will intrigue students and is something that is visually seen in the episode. Also, showing students how pi is incorporated into The Simpsons and then following up with the questions that are given on the site can engage students in a topic that might usually be bland.

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I only find problems with finding the exact Simpsons episode that incorporates the math. There are collections but some of them are missing episodes.