This time of year, the weather starts playing tricks on us. One day, it's snowing; the other, warm and sunny. What gives?!
The above tweet from a weatherman in Maine, originally retweeted into my feed by Tracy Zager, demonstrates an incredible question based on weather patterns.
Why doesn't 43 degrees Fahrenheit feel half as warm as 86 degrees Fahrenheit? Would it be different in Celsius?
Here's another example with a bit better shorts-and-flip-flop outlook (sorry if you're in a place where it isn't warm and sunny):
What is the difference in the high temperature and low temperature on Sunday, April 23rd?
Why are the highs expected to fluctuate so much, but the lows remain fairly consistent?
Does the wind speed have an effect on how warm it feels outside?
Yes, these questions can be answered with the help of science, and that's perfectly fine. Here's my challenge to you as a parent or teacher: take a screenshot of the 7 (or 10) day forecast in your area and ask your child(ren) what questions they have. Pick one or two, and work to answer them. Then, when you're done, send me the image on Twitter or email.
Thank you to Ed Campos for translating this week's newsletter into Spanish. For the link to share, please use bit.ly/TTM35spanish
Have you seen that Table Talk Math is now a book and available on Amazon? Check it out and let me know what you think! If you'd rather get a free copy, email me or Tweet me your solution for one of the challenges, along with how you and your child worked through the problem(s); I'll pick at least one subscriber and send you a copy of Table Talk Math!
OH NO! I bought tile to upgrade my bathroom floor, but forgot the tape measure at my friend's house. Can you help?
How many tiles would it take to cover the floor from start to finish in the image above?
I'm wondering, though, how did you come up with your solution? Sure, you can space it out by looking at your screen. You can eyeball it and estimate, but you're bound to spend too much or--worse--not enough on tile.
If you want a little more help, and have a Google account, you can use this Google Drawing from which the image was created. All you need to do is go to Filer and Make a Copy. Want my solution? Email me and I'll share what I did, but only if you share your strategy!
Ok, so that was fun, but how about stepping it up?
How many of these tiles would it take to cover the grey floor completely? Again, if you want the Google Drawing of this, follow the link. Want the solution? Send me yours via email, comment on this blog, or Twitter.