Get Real Math! Videos

The 37 Get Real Math videos showcase over 40 math skills used in the real world. The videos serve as a capstone after a skill is learned in school to be applied in a real world situation at a manufacturing company. Math skills featured are 3rd grade through high school. The lesson plans were created by math teachers.

Category: Number System

  • What does toilet paper have to do with math? Thumbnail
    What does toilet paper have to do with math?
    In this video, you will calculate the area of a parent roll of tissue and the area of a roll of toilet paper. Using that information, you can calculate how many rolls of toilet paper can be made each day.

  • What does folding paper have to do with math? Thumbnail
    What does folding paper have to do with math?
    In this video, you will see an example of a linkage that has too much tolerance and is wearing out. You will need to use decimals to calculate minimum and maximum tolerances to find a tolerance that allows the part to work, yet not wear out as quickly.

  • How to use math when applied to cutting metals Thumbnail
    How to use math when applied to cutting metals
    Parts of a specified length must be cut from a length of milled metal. In this task, students will determine the number of parts that may be cut.

  • What do coffee filters have to do with math? Thumbnail
    What do coffee filters have to do with math?
    Manufacturers want to make sure they can make quality products while still being cost efficient. Sometimes there is an opportunity to upgrade a machine, which costs money but still may be more cost effective in the long run. How do companies figure out how much an upgrade will save them? When manufacturers talk about how much product they create per year, how much does that really mean?

  • What does a doctor's appointment have to do with math? Thumbnail
    What does a doctor's appointment have to do with math?
    Manufacturers often have to calculate and predict the amount of raw material needed to fill their orders. Sometimes they receive special orders that require accelerated processing to complete the order, or orders that are much larger than their typical order. These orders have manufacturers determining if they have enough material on hand to complete their order. How to companies determine how much raw material is needed to fill an order? Do they have enough paper to make their order?

  • What does clean drinking water have to do with math? Thumbnail
    What does clean drinking water have to do with math?
    Safe drinking water is critical to human survival. How can we be sure the water we are drinking will not make us sick? This video explores how mathematics is used to calculate the number of pathogens in water and determine if a water filter is removing enough of them to meet safe drinking water standards set by the World Health Organization.

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