Mathematics and Nature
Constant or Linear Plant Growth

Continuously Changing Growth

Surface Area of a Leaf

Career Connections

More Math Concepts
As summer approaches and you spend more time outdoors, think about how math relates to the nature around you. Did you know that math can be related to plant growth? This month's theme is mathematics in nature.
One application of mathematics is to model the world around us. In Activity I: Constant or Linear Plant Growth (Grades 36), students will use tables, charts and graphs as tools to model and predict a constant/linear plant growth.
In Activity 2: Continuously Changing Growth (Grades 1012), students will use tables, charts and graphs as tools to formulate an equation that will model an exponentially increasing plant growth. Students will need to have knowledge of natural logarithms and the laws of exponents to solve for the equation.
In Activity 3: Surface Area of a Leaf (Grades 79), students will use tables and charts to calculate the surface area of a leaf. Students will need to have some knowledge in geometry in order to manipulate the shape of the leaf, changing it into a geometric figure that is familiar to the students.
