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Italian Math

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The Italian Job is one of my favorite movies and math is my favorite subject so this is my favorite activity.

Let’s face it, math is everywhere – you just have to know where to look.  You will be shocked and amazed at the things you can learn while watching a movie.  This is a simplified version so you can still enjoy the movie, but you can make it as complex as you like.  Let me know what math you find or want to know more about.  You ready?

Cue movie!

 

[0:00-2:33]

grand canalVenice is built on a cluster of 117 islands formed by 177 canals in a shallow lagoon, connected by 409 bridges. The canals serve as roads, and almost every form of transport is on water or on foot. Venice is Europe’s largest urban car-free area.

 

Leonhard Euler (le on ard     oil er) was a Swiss mathematician that worked in Germany. He solved “The Seven Bridges of Königsberg” question that we now use for planning routes and paths and even DNA fragment assembly (that’s for my Doctor daughter-in-law).

 

[8:41, ]

A blueprint is a reproduction of a technical drawing documenting architecture or an engineering design.  Blueprints, or plans, are drawn to scale.  You can make an enlargement, plan a garden or home, and create a model.

 

[10:01]student_doing_a_math_problem

Painting has a ton of math.  Lowe’s even has a paint calculator (but make your kids do it by hand for the practice).

 

[12:33]

Combination locks are all about permutations and combinations.  Do you think you can crack the code?  Or find a list of possibilities?  The total number of possible combinations for getting into the safe with the gold is 100 x 100 x 100.

 

[14:17] [17:42]Fort-Knox

Gold is weighed in ounces.  A standard traded gold bar is 400 (troy) oz.  which is 12.4 kg  [about 27.3 pounds in weight].  But things weigh less in water.  To find out the weight of something in water it depends on how much water it displaces so you find out the volume (length x width x height), then take the weight of that volume of water (a cubic inch of water weighs .036ish pounds) and subtract it from the object’s dry weight.  The weight of the water you displace is how much less it weighs.  A bar of gold is 7 inches x 3 and 5/8 inches x 1 and 3/4 inches.  You do the math 😉  (I got about 25.7)

In the movie they stole $35 million dollars in gold.  So how many bars did they have to load?  And how much would it weigh?   You do the math 😉  (I got about 240 bars for a total of 6,573.7 pounds.  FYI – that’s about 2.5 tons more than a truck should carry in the bed…gotta love movie magic.)

 

[24:44]

Safes and tumblers – not all math but super interesting.

 

[35:24]

GPS (text) and video descriptions of trilateration (no math there 😉 )  Your map app determines ETA based on distance and time…but you never know what traffic is going to be like…

 

[45:16]

pin lockDid you know this is how keys work?

 

 

 

 

[55:10]

Napster – for real (sorry, again, not so much math but it brings back memories)

 

[56:20-1:01:00]

OOoooo!  Oooooo!  Math!  And lots of programming / code / algorithms (a step by step solution to a problem)…and science (I’d link information about how to make your own explosives but I’d get targeted by Big Brother 😉 !

 

Sorry for the lull.  It’s easy to get distracted by Mark Wahlberg and Jason Statham.

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[1:33:53]

They did the math for you 😉  Watch those decimals!  They’re important!

 

[1:44:45]

What would you spend your cut on?  (6.75 million)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 comments on “Italian Math

  1. pavanneh
    July 12, 2014

    Awww c’mon..it’s the movie. Math becomes existential. 😀

  2. Kevil
    July 12, 2014

    I always wanted the kids to have “down time” in math class, but I just can’t not smush math into them every spare second – so “Math In The Movies” was the compromise 😉

  3. MeglyMc
    July 12, 2014

    Italian Job is great for three reasons…

    1. It’s in Venice, which is my FAVORITE city. 2. Jason Statham…soooooo unbelievably bone-able (shut up, it’s a word) 3. It’s the first Italian Job to ever NOT be in waste management.

    • Kevil
      July 12, 2014

      pahaha! Yes, TOTALLY (bone-able and it being a word), and no lie!

  4. ivasallay
    July 12, 2014

    Speaking of cracking the code, because the order of the numbers needed to open a lock matters, combination locks really should be called permutation locks.

    • Kevil
      July 12, 2014

      I agree! It would make my lessons on the topic much more congruent.

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