Calculus is an advanced level of high school math, but calculus as an exercise challenge is making the subject accessible to a group of high school students at Wahtonka Community School in Oregon.
As students do real exercises, squats and vertical jumps, they chart their weekly progress. However, they consider 24 variables and constants, including diet, sleep quality, and illness history, and hjow those relate to each other throughout their lives, to calculate the maximum number of squats and verticle jumps they could do in one sitting during their lifetime.
As if that isn’t complicated enough, 16 year old Katrina Carlson has added extra variables. The seasoned programmer and coder is factoring in her clothing, and room conditions. Legging allow more squats than jeans, and a crowded room might limit someone from exerting themselves.
The variables are ranked in importance relative to other constants and variables. One variable might be seven or eight times more important than another. The lifetime progress is plotted on a graph.
“We do some brainy stuff here,” said Brian Goodwin, math teacher and principal of the school.