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.
Who knows what about Mathematics?
Who knows what about lightning?
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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