Vectors and Earthquakes

The main excitement of the week has been a treasure hunt.  The students were challenged to work together and have their robots venture out into the Earthquake prone landscape known as the physics classroom to find buried house-points.  I will confess, one House was able to get their robots to the treasure in 50 minutes.   The trick here of course was to use vectors to find the treasure, as opposed to literally following all of the steps of the treasure map. There have been a variety of vector solutions to this problems.  I won’t say more, as some houses have not completed the challenge….

Having said that, given the mild quake we had last night, I also challenged the students to calculate just how far North and East from the physics classroom is Lake Arrowhead, the epicenter of last night’s 4.2 magnitude quake.