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    Baseball Cards and Math



    Kids really enjoyed using them to solve...

    Mean
    Median
    Mode
    Maximum
    Minimum
    Range

    ...of their player. We talked yesterday about how Babe Ruth himself was an outlier of sorts (his HR totals compare to contemporaries) while Roger Maris' 1961 HR total was an outlier compared to his data.

    Fun times.


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    They are also very effective for teaching subtraction.


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    Awesome stuff.
    I just wish I remember that stuff.
    I'll re-learn it in a few years when my boys bring home their homework

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    There is a set of cards that Sports Equation made of MLB players back in 2008 that helps with Math. Here is a thread from 2011: https://www.freedomcardboard.com/foru...ports+equation

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    Never really thought about the math before but one thing I do know is that if your a team collector you sure are going to need to know alphabetical order.

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    Good stuff, any involvement w/ cards and kids is a nice thing.

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    Very cool! I'm a numbers guy myself and blame baseball stats for that when I was growing up.

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    I teach with baseball cards every year. 6 th grade, so we do a lot with decimals and fractions, so among many other things it is a great time to teach batting average and era. Also probability, and ultimately we do pack wars, as I buy a pack for every student and we "battle" for the winning pack (highest combined batting average, (adding decimals, and finding average of decimals). Students usually are crazy for cards, so losing a "war" they do not lose their cards, but winners get something else. I would like to point out that kids these days (I'm generalizing) do not know anything about cards, and besides Mariners, do not know much about any other players in the league. Anything they know has been taught by me for the most part. That's one thing that has been steadily getting worse and worse every year. 29 students this year, exactly 0 know who Mike Trout is. [MENTION=3164]jbhofmann[/MENTION]! Great picture! Students engaged in out-of-the-box lessons, what could possibly be better!!
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    That is great. Keep fighting the good fight!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gwynn545 View Post
    I teach with baseball cards every year. 6 th grade, so we do a lot with decimals and fractions, so among many other things it is a great time to teach batting average and era. Also probability, and ultimately we do pack wars, as I buy a pack for every student and we "battle" for the winning pack (highest combined batting average, (adding decimals, and finding average of decimals). Students usually are crazy for cards, so losing a "war" they do not lose their cards, but winners get something else. I would like to point out that kids these days (I'm generalizing) do not know anything about cards, and besides Mariners, do not know much about any other players in the league. Anything they know has been taught by me for the most part. That's one thing that has been steadily getting worse and worse every year. 29 students this year, exactly 0 know who Mike Trout is. [MENTION=3164]jbhofmann[/MENTION]! Great picture! Students engaged in out-of-the-box lessons, what could possibly be better!!

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    Am I only one who keeps seeing title as Baseball Cards and Meth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadman31 View Post
    Am I only one who keeps seeing title as Baseball Cards and Meth?
    Absolutely not. Everytime I see it, I think that lol

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    I think my love of baseball cards as a 10-12 year old is why I ended up majoring in math in college (though one could just as easily argue that my natural facility and interest in numbers was what drove me to baseball in general and cards in specific). I am trying to get my little guys to start helping me sort cards into a set, first breaking down by hundreds and then tens; they will need to get a little older to start interpreting stats on thee back.
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    A little Topps Heritage action today.

    Kids wanted to know how old the cards were!
    https://twitter.com/jbhofmann/status/844983718712348673


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