This page is designed to be used by educators teaching Intermediate Level Mathematics. The British Columbia Integrated Resource Package for Grade 8 Mathematics was used as a guideline in constructing and developing this site.

"Oh!!, not Mathematics. Grrr!", the students said.

How many teachers struggle with those infamous 'I dislike math students'? I was one of those students. I've been there. It is my purpose in designing this page to provide intermediate teachers with helpful hints, links and guidelines for teachers educating students about LIGHTNING and MATHEMATICS.

Did you know...?

• Average Lightning Stroke is 6 miles long.
• The Temperature of lightning's return stroke can reach 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The surface of the sun is not even that hot! (around 11,000 degrees Fahrenheit).
• Average Thunderstorm is 6-10 miles wide.
• Average Thunderstorm travels at a rate of 25 miles per hour.
• Once the leading edge of a thunderstorm approaches to within 10 miles, you are at immediate risk due to the possibility of lightning strokes coming from overhanging anvil cloud. Because of this, many lightning deaths and injuries occur with clear skies directly overhead.
• On average, thunder can only be heard over a distance of 3-4 miles, depending on humidity, terrain and other factors.
• Approximately 100,000 thunderstorms occur in the United States each year.
• Approximately 10% of all thunderstorms are severe enough to produce high winds, flash floods, and tornadoes.
• Thunderstorms cause an average of 200 deaths and 700 injuries in the United States each year.

Let's start. What can we do?
My page provides you with a starting point for educating your students about the Mathematics of lightning and gives you direct access to a variety of links and resources.

Are you trying to tell me the two are related?

You CAN answer your students questions after viewing my web page, visiting the external/internal links and reviewing some general facts and information.

Some facts and figures to get you started and familar with how math and lightning are related...

Of course, if you'd like to know more. Ask Jack from USA Today about lightning, or browse his responses to others' questions...

For information on how and why this site was created...

email : aerogers@UVic.CA

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