Blood Plotting in Honors PreCalculus

Jan 21, 2015 | All School, Inquiry, Upper School News

image (1) Interdisciplinary studies. Forensic science. A class full of mathematicians.
In Amanda Meagher’s Honors PreCalculus class, the learning goes far beyond paper and pencil. It involves “blood.” Through a mock criminal investigation, students made four different types of (artificial) blood splatters, then used trigonometry to find the angle of droplet impact.
Using real life applications of trigonometry – the study and measurement of triangles – students performed scientific calculations by measuring distance, angles and velocity.

imageForensic science is any branch of science used to analyze crime scene evidence to be used in a court of law. Since virtually all science consists of equations and formulas, forensic scientists are well-versed in mathematical concepts allowing them to take precise measurements when collecting evidence and thoroughly analyze data in order to solve crimes – with proof.
This is just a single example of the new interdisciplinary normal at Mount Vernon.