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Math in the News: Issue 95
*March 9, 2014*

*Posted by Media4Math in algebra, math, media.*

Tags: Average Speed, iditarod, math in the news, media4math

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Tags: Average Speed, iditarod, math in the news, media4math

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In our current issue of Math in the News we look at the Iditarod and analyze average speed.

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Diana Nyad’s Epic Swim
*September 4, 2013*

*Posted by Media4Math in algebra, math, media.*

Tags: Average Speed, data analysis, Diana Nyad, linear functions, math, math in the news

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Tags: Average Speed, data analysis, Diana Nyad, linear functions, math, math in the news

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In our current issue of Math in the News we look at Diana Nyad’s remarkable swim from Havana to Key West, Florida. We analyze the time and distance covered and use that as an opportunity to explore Average Speed.

Average Speed results in a linear function, and is useful for describing overall motion. But it’s not as useful for describing motion at specific locations and times. So, we analyze the data generated from Nyad’s swim relative to the Average Speed. This provides an excellent opportunity to see how disparate data points are smoothed out by the Average Speed function.

We reproduce the Math in the News issue as a SlideShare Presentation here: