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Math in the Movies

MovieIllustrationDescriptionKeywordsCurriculum Codes
The Martian

When astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on Mars, he needs to use a range of mathematical techniques to survive a number of life and death situations including starvations, transport and solar power.

Real life example:Survivalists

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ratios, units of energy, distance, area of circle
ACMMG199

ACMNA127

ACMMG197

ACMNA173

ACMEM031

ACMEM032
Speed

Speed is a classic 1994 action film where a bus full of civilians has to stay about 50 miles per hour (80 km/hr) or else a bomb will explode. It’s full of action stunt scenes, some of which are infamous for being highly unlikely or obviously faked.

Real life example:Motocross

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speed, jump, acceleration, fall
ACMMM135

ACMEM015

ACMMG224

ACMEM086
Furious 7

Furious 7 is the 7th movie in the highly successful car-based Fast and the Furious movie series, with lots of high octane action scenes stacked full of mathematical content.

Real life example:Sugar Glider

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glide ratio, speed, fall, speed units conversion
ACMMM135

ACMEM015

ACMMG224

ACMEM086

ACMNA173
Tomorrow When the War Began


Tomorrow, When the War Began is a 2010 Australian movie based on the first novel in the epic series by Australian author John Marsden. A fictional "foreign power" invades the country and a band of teenagers have to deal with the situation, eventually learning how to fight back.

Real life example: Counter-IED Equipment

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probability, series, geometric series, rates, speeds, timing
ACMEM086

ACMMM072

ACMMM075

ACMMM076
The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games is the 2012 blockbuster first movie in the Hunger Games series, based on the book series by Suzanne Collins. Set in an apocalyptic future, teenager "tributes" from downtrodden districts must compete in the life and death "Hunger Games" that enforces the rule of the ruthless Capitol. There are a number of math-filled scenarios in the movie including archery and lotteries.

Real life example: The Prisoner's Dilemma

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hunger games, archery, lottery, probability, replace, small angle rule, angular resolution
ACMMG224

ACMSP225

ACMMM032
Star Wars Episode IV Hanger StorageThe rebels store their fighters in a hanger within their rebel base. We look at how much space they would need to store their full fleet of fighters.

Real life example: Civilian Plane Storage

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area, rectangle, rectangular prism, volume, packing
ACMMG137

ACMMG108

ACMMG160

ACMMG195
SullyThe 2016 biographical film Sully is about the incredible true life crash landing by US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in New York, where all 155 passengers and crew survived without any major injuries.

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bank angle, crash landing, rate of fall, rescue, perimeter, distance, altitude
ACMNA173

ACMEM020

ACMNA188

ACMEM117

ACMEM082
SaharaSahara is a 2005 action-comedy film starring Matthew McConaughey, with the adventurous spirit of the original Indiana Jones movies. Treasure hunters embark on an adventure across the African continent to discover a long lost Confederate gold haul.

Real life example:Algal Growth

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distance, speed, angles elevation, reflection, exponential growth, environment
ACMEM086

ACMEM015

ACMMG224

ACMMG163

ACMMG245

ACMNA270
The Great EscapeThe Great Escape is an all time classic film based on the incredible true story of an escape by British prisoners of war from a German Prisoner of War camp (Stalag Luft III) during World War II. The prisoners have employ all sorts of ingenious tricks and calculations to make the escape happen.

Real life example:Tunnel Boring

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cylinder volume, tunnel, rates, rectangular prism
ACMEM030

ACMMG195

ACMNA188

ACMEM103
BattleshipIn this 2012 movie, aliens come to earth and things get violent. It’s up to a rag tag group of survivors to fight back and save the earth from being conquered by the alien invaders.

Real life example:Stopping Distance

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deceleration, interception, trajectory, distance, speed
ACMEM086

ACMEM015

ACMEM072

ACMMM135
Jurassic ParkJurassic Park is one of the biggest blockbuster movies of all time, a 1993 movie about a wildlife park of cloned dinosaurs that goes catastrophically wrong. Assuming the core cloning technology was invented, there would be a range of other problems involved in running a dinosaur park, which we’ll get into in this tutorial.

Real life example: How Fast Could Tyrannosaurus Rex Run?

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dinosaur, running, speed, food, zoo, raptor, t-rex, hemisphere
ACMMG271

ACMEM020

ACMMG197

ACMNA188

ACMEM086

ACMNA173

ACMEM015

ACMMG109
Terminator 2 Code CrackingTerminator 2: Judgement Day is the 1991 sequel to the original 1984 film The Terminator, with the iconic Arnold Schwarzenegger starring as the unstoppable, time travelling terminator cyborg. The young protagonist John Connor spends a bit of time cracking codes in the movie, firstly for criminal and later for life saving reasons.

Real life example: Brute Force Attack

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permutations, code cracking, time durations
ACMSM001

ACMSM002

ACMMG199
Terminator 2 ChasesTerminator 2: Judgement Day is the 1991 sequel to the original 1984 film The Terminator, with the iconic Arnold Schwarzenegger starring as the unstoppable, time travelling terminator cyborg. Car chases are common in all the terminator films – and there’s a multiple great ones in Terminator 2 including between a police van and a police helicopter.

Real life example: Drone Racing

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space, jitter, speed, falling, interception, acceleration
ACMMM135

ACMEM015

ACMEM086

ACMEM015
Top GunTop Gun is a blockbuster 1986 military film starring Tom Cruise in one of his earliest major roles. It probably did more for the military in recruiting pilots than any other movie or advertisement campaign they have ever done. With fighter jets and action there are plenty of mathematical scenarios including carrier launches and landings and buzzing the control tower.

Real life example: Testing Carrier Aircraft

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top gun, tom cruise, fighter, carrier, jet, catapult, carrier, aircraft carrier, control tower, take off, landing, launch, trigonometry
ACMEM015

ACMMG224

ACMSM119

ACMMM135
Deep ImpactDeep Impact is a 1998 disaster film, one of two Hollywood blockbuster disaster films released that year (the other was Armageddon starring Bruce Willis). The plot revolves around a teenage astronomer (a young Elijah Wood) who discovers a comet on a collision course with the earth, and the earth's efforts to avert the disaster. Disaster films always contain lots of mathematically-based scenarios, which we'll get into in this tutorial.

Real life example: Extinction Level Events (E.L.E.)

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extinction, asteroid, comet, impact, winter, probability, unlikely events, speed, intercept
ACMEM086

ACMMG224

ACMNA188

ACMMM052

ACMSM119
The Day After TomorrowAnother blockbuster disaster film, 2004's The Day After Tomorrow concerns the lead up and aftermath to a series of extreme weather events that lead to a new ice age. After attempts to understand what's happening, the characters end up trying to save as many lives as possible, both at a global and local scale.

Real life example: Ice Ages

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ice age, climate change, cyclic trends, storm, weather, doomsday, disaster movie, density
ACMEM086

ACMEM015

ACMNA264
Superman 3Superman 3 is a 1983 2nd sequel to the original Superman movie, starring Christopher Reeve. The movie is infamous for one of the “get rich” schemes in the movie, where a worker exploits rounding in the weekly paycheck to make himself rich. This same plot point is reused in the later 1999 film Office Space, more successfully this time. It’s often known as a “salami slicing” scheme.

Real life example: Fuel Station Scam

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salami slicing, fraud, skimming, money, finance, profit, cents
ACMNA132

ACMEM157

ACMNA189
The Perfect StormThe Perfect Storm is a 2000 semi-factual movie based on the real-life story of the fishing trawler the Andrea Gail, which sunk during an incredible storm in the Atlantic during 1991. The movie is filled with mathematical scenarios including deciding whether to risk their lives to return their fishing catch to shore through a storm.

Real life example: Wave Height

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storm, wave height, waves, significant wave height, oceans, water, sea, fishing, sink, ship, trawler
ACMMM140

ACMMG197

ACMMG222

ACMGM017
UnstoppableUnstoppable is a 2010 disaster film somewhat inspired by a real life story of a runaway freight train and the attempts to stop it. It involves a number of action-filled scenes that contain key mathematical concepts, including a potentially catastrophic derailment on a turn.

Real life example: CSX 8888 incident and Runaway Ramps

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train, stopping distance, derailment, braking, curve, circle, Chrysler building, volume, weight
ACMMG108

ACMMG160

ACMMG195

ACMEM086

ACMMG199

ACMMM132

ACMMM135
Twenty One21 is a 2008 gambling thriller where a team of MIT students take on the casino at Blackjack by card counting. There's a lot of mathematics behind the science of card counting and this is one of the movies which gets it reasonably correct, in contrast to films like The Rainman and The Hangover. The infamous Monty Hall problem also pops up in the movie. The film is based on real-life events: the MIT Blackjack team did this for decades at casinos.

Real life example: Card Counters versus Casinos

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card counting, blackjack, mit, 21, bringing down the house, gambling, probability, tree diagram
ACMSP225

ACMEM156

ACMSP204

ACMSP246

ACMNA015
Logan
Logan is a 2017 superhero film starring Australian actor Hugh Jackman in his (most likely) last role as the Wolverine. Set in the future, mutants are near extinction and still being hunted for exploitation by the military. Wolverine must try to save the remaining mutants in a series of high octane chases and fights.

Real life example: Agricultural Robots

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logan, wolvering, x-men, marvel, superhero, comic book, x23, x24, agricultural robotics, escape, mutant, braking distance, autonomous truck, stopping distance, speed, braking, deceleration
ACMEM086

ACMMM135

ACMEM015

ACMGM042

ACMNA194
Kong: Skull Island
Kong: Skull Island is a 2017 monster film rebooting the King Kong franchise. A team of Vietnam war-era soldiers and scientists travel to an uncharted island and encounter Kong and a number of huge scary monsters. Kong is particularly huge in this movie, but his size has varied widely between the different movies.

Real life example: Estimating Dinosaur Size

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king kong, skull island, dinosaur, volume, weight, cube scaling, estimating, length, dinosaur, monster, kaiju, empire state building, godzilla
ACMEM103

ACMEM029

ACMMG221

ACMEM070

ACMEM108

ACMEM109

ACMGM025

Thrillify Library

ScenarioIllustrationDescriptionKeywordsCurriculum Codes
Runaway plane

You are the crack security team leader at a covert base in a top secret location. You’ve almost finished your shift when you spy the prop plane accelerating down the runway without a pilot, out of control. You’ve got until the end of the runway to intercept the plane and smash your way into the cockpit to stop it before it takes off by itself!

Real life example:American Football (NFL)

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right-angled triangle, angles, interception
ACMMG224

ACMMG222

ACMMG245

ACMEM119
Social media star

You are the marketing executive of a high profile international fashion brand. Your latest handbag line is out and your job is to work out which celebrities to work with in promoting your brand and the new product line. You’ve narrowed your choices down to two celebrities: Kendall Jinker and Sally Burns.

Real life example:Exponential Growth in Nature

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exponential growth, power law growth, marketing, graphing
ACMNA267

ACMNA270

ACMNA239
Fashion Designer

You are a world class fashion designer, sought after by fashion shows and celebrities from all around the world. It's not easy staying at the top of your game however - one mistake and you could fall from the top of the fashion world. It's critical that you get all the key elements of being a successful fashion designer right.

Real life example: Complex Fabric Patterns

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fashion, fabric, pattern, design, bonus, salary, scaling, recruiting
ACMMG197

ACMMG108

ACMMG109

ACMNA173

ACMNA267

ACMNA239
Stunt personYou’ve just graduated from stunt school and are starting your first year on the Hollywood blockbuster movie circuit as a stuntperson. During training you’ve been warned that doing stunts is a risky career and that you should prepare for the possibility of regular, sometimes career ending accidents. You’re going to have to manage your level of risk and set yourself up to have other options at the end of your career.

Real life example: The Stunt Industry

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stunt, hollywood, jackie chan, fight, cgi, computer generated imagery, injury, career, risk, fire, motorbike, body doubles, logarithms
ACMNA265

ACMMG222

ACMEM086

ACMNA239
Spaceship battleYou are the commanding general of the starship Ramilles, defending the earth from an invasion by evil robots from planet Proton. The robots have driven you all the way back to the solar system and you are defending earth against the onslaught.

Real life example:Mobile Phone Contracts

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linear equations, graphing, intersection point, algebra, graphing
ACMNA235

ACMNA179

ACMNA194

ACMNA215
FirefighterYou are the new rookie firefighter in a large town and you're just about to be tested by the worst week in history. You'll have to use your wits to get through a range of incredible challenges, save as many people as you can and come through safely yourself as well. Ready? Let's go.

Real life example: Emergency Workers at 9/11

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fire fighter, evacuation, emergency, tornado, stairs, water pressure, hose, 9/11, 911, cycle time, bushfire
ACMNA188

ACMEM015

ACMEM017

ACMEM086
Self driving carSelf-driving cars (or “autonomous cars” or “robotic cars”) are one of the biggest technological challenges of today. The goal is to create a vehicle that can sense and navigate its environment without a human driver. If done well these cars will be safer and more reliable than human drivers. But there are a range of challenges to overcome before this becomes reality.

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self-driving car, autonomous car, sensing, financial impact
ACMEM075

ACMMG224

ACMEM015

ACMNA188
Space rescue missionYou are on a desperate mission to save a crew that is stuck in orbit near Saturn. Your challenges include escaping from earth's gravity, navigating to the planet Saturn, docking with the stray spacecraft and getting back to earth safely again with the rescued crew. Are you up for the job?

Real life example: Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster

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space shuttle, rescue, deltav, velocity, orbit, low earth orbit, escape velocity, exhaust velocity, rocket, spacecraft, gravity assist, slingshot
ACMNA270

ACMNA188

ACMEM015

ACMMM163

ACMNA180
Race car driverYou are an up and coming racing car driver, looking to land your first big sponsorship deal. If you can put in a good performance in the next race, a major sponsor will sign with you and you may be able to move up into the championship division. The pressure's on - you'll need to get every aspect of the race just right in order to have a chance.

Real life example: Mining Truck Tyres

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racing car driver, tyres, speed, circuit, lap, race, f1, v8
ACMEM015

ACMEM086

ACMNA173

ACMMG108

ACMMG109

ACMMG196

ACMMG159
Nuclear waste disposalOne of Crazytown’s nuclear bombs has just gone into a critical meltdown. There’s no way to defuse it so the only solution is to contain the blast. The mayor has hatched a crazy plan to stash the bomb in the biggest container ship the city has, fill it with concrete, and then let it sink to the bottom of the ocean as far offshore as they can make it.

Real life example:Nuclear Testing Site Bikini Atoll

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mass, volume, weight, speed, distance, rates,
ACMMG108

ACMMG160

ACMMG195

ACMNA188
Architect for MillionairesYou are Jason Millions (yes that’s your real name), architect for the millionaires of the world. You fly around the world first class, visiting the most exclusive locations and designing fantastic once off buildings for your rich and famous client base.

Real life example:The Burj Khalifa

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area, ratio, unit conversion, scaling, constraints
ACMMG109

ACMMG195

ACMNA188

ACMNA173
Luxury car dealerYou are a prospering super-car dealer, specializing in million dollar exotic, limited production run cars. There are currently two supercar dealers in town, but the other one has run into financial difficulty. This is your chance to undercut the competition and become the dominant high end car dealer in town!

Real life example:Normal Car Dealerships

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compound interest, profit, loan, finance, sales
ACMEM171

ACMNA189
Surviving the wildernessYou are the pilot of a firefighting plane that drops water on dangerous wilderness fires. During a long range training mission, your plane suddenly loses all powers and radio communications. You crash land in the jungle, miraculously surviving the crash without any serious injuries. Without an emergency signal to home in on, rescuers may never find you. It’s up to you to make the long trek back out of the jungle, surviving using your wits.

Real life example: Juliane Koepcke

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distance, coordinates, directions, survival situation, probability, polynomial, optimisation
ACMNA214

ACMEM082

ACMMG222

ACMEM086

ACMEM089

ACMMM014

ACMEM157

ACMEM032
Lottery professionalYou are a professional competition player. You target lotteries under certain mathematical conditions, and make a living from exploiting occasional errors by the organisers of these competitions.

Real life example: Professional Lottery Syndicates

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lottery, chance, combinations without replacement, annuity, money, gold, house, interest, lump sum, payments, tickets, gold, cash
ACMGM100

ACMEM171

ACMGM002
Base and wing suit jumpingYou are the world's best base jumper and wing suit flyer, famous for your daring in jumping off anything and everything tall. However, behind all the show there's some careful calculations that are done, to make sure you are famous for staying alive, rather than the grimmer alternative.

Real life example: Burj Khalifa Record Base Jump

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base jump, wing suit jump, glide ratio, burj khalifa, building jump, sky dive, parachute, free fall, terminal velocity, air resistance
ACMEM015

ACMMM163

ACMMM135

ACMNA188
Chemical containmentYou are a sought-after world expert in managing hazardous materials, especially at huge scales like found after oil spills and nuclear meltdowns. We're going to follow a year in your life as you fly out to locations all around the world to solve major environmental disasters using your scientific and mathematical skills.

Real life example: The Runit Dome at Bikini Atoll

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runit dome, circle, volume, spherical, surface area, surface area to volume ratio, radiation, bikini atoll, sphere, cube, cylinder,
ACMMG271

ACMEM030

ACMEM095

ACMEM103

ACMMG217

ACMMG242

ACMEM104

ACMGM019

ACMGM020
Vote riggingYou work for the federal intelligence service and have been commissioned to investigate suspicions that the recent presidential elections were rigged using voter fraud. Using mathematical analysis, you're going to investigate several promising leads that will help tell you whether your country is under the control of an illegitimate leader! Because the stakes are so high, you're going to need to conduct this investigation covertly, using whatever information you can get your hands on.

Real life example: 2016 U.S. Election

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vote rigging, voting, election, electoral fraud, voter fraud, vote buying, us election, trump, hilary, hilary clinton, donald trump, dead voters, statistics
ACMSP144

ACMSP277

ACMNA188

ACMEM157

ACMGM006

ACMNA187
Speed Record SetterYou are the world's best driver and pilot for setting world speed records. Car, plane or boat - you're the one who sets all the records. High end companies fly you all over the world to set records in their new equipment, and pay you big dollars if you succeed. But behind the scenes, it takes a lot of preparation and calculation to make sure that you can perform the record attempt safely, and live to race another day.

Real life example: Top Gear Bugatti Super Sport Speed Test

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speed record, pilot, jet, plane, car, bugatti, Bugatti Super Sport, world record, speed record, Guiness world record, acceleration, quarter mile, drag race
ACMNA241

ACMEM086

ACMMM135

ACMNA194

Code Bravo Novel

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Code Bravo Tutorials

Tutorial TitleIllustrationDescriptionKeywordsCurriculum Codes
1. Sales Discount Trickery


Will and Eliza con a hapless salesperson out of several thousand dollars by turning the store’s own deceptive sales tactics back on him.

Real life example: Deceptive double discounts in store sales

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Discounting, percentages, multi-step calculation, finance, sales
ACMEM063
ACMEM011
ACMNA132
ACMEM013
ACMNA158
2. Timing Gunshot Sounds



Drake and the other surviving member of his team are trapped under sniper fire at the port warehouse. To avoid getting incinerated, they will need to work out how to estimate distances without their normal rangefinding equipment.

Real life example: Lightning and Thunder

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Distance estimation, speed of sound, speed of light, timing
ACMEM047
ACMSP207
ACMEM082
ACMEM086
ACMEM018
ACMSP293
3. Door and Bomb Codes

The duo encounter several code-breaking situations in the book, either in passing or in a critical life and death situation. The first is the security code for the front door of Jeff’s house, which has a 8 digit code.

Real life example: Passwords Today

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Combinations, codes, cryptography, code cracking
ACMSM001
ACMSM004
ACMMM044
4. Car Crash Investigation

Will and Eliza discover some alarming mathematical errors in the official police report for the car crash that killed his uncle Jeff.

Real life example: Speed cameras on downhill roads

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CSI, crime scene investigation, friction, velocity, units, mistakes, estimation
ACMEM018
ACMEM086
ACMMM135
ACMEM014
ACMMG062
5. Overloaded TruckDrake and Ronnie attempt to estimate the weight of the load in the back of a terrorist truck caught on video surveillance.

Real life example: Cat on a trampoline

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Spring constant, estimation, weight
ACMEM098
ACMEM101
ACMNA235
ACMEM018
6. Betting BotWill and Eliza use their computer bots to earn $100,000 in a night by searching online sports gambling sites for arbitrage opportunities.

Real life example: Writing a bot in real life

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Gambling, finances, probability, statistics
ACMEM149
ACMNA189
ACMGM044
ACMMM052
ACMEM148
7. Bankroll ManagementWill, Eliza and Drake need to get as much starting capital as they can before they let their gambling bots loose, to give them the best chance of making the $100,000 and not going bust if they have a long run of “bad luck”.

Real life example: Why the casino always wins
Real life example: Bankroll management in investing

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Probability, statistics, likelihood, finance, gambler’s ruin, capital, repeated trials
ACMMM140
ACMEM157
ACMEM152
ACMEM153
ACMMM136
ACMMM138
8. Mobile Phone TriangulationRonnie and Drake try to track down the location of a policeman who might be the traitor.

Real life example: Earthquakes
Real life example: Triangulation in the Movies

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Triangulation, circle geometry
ACMMG197
ACMMG084
ACMMG090
ACMEM082
9. Dirty Bomb DispersalTipped off that they might be dealing with a dirty radioactive bomb, Will and Drake have tracked down a professor at the local university who is an expert in terrorism. He explains that there is a trade-off when building a dirty bomb. If you build a bomb with a large amount of explosive, it will spread the radioactive material over a large area, but the concentration will be less – so the lethality from the radiation will be less severe. A smaller bomb will spread the material over a smaller area – not affecting as many people, but being much more serious for the ones it does.

Real life example: Pizza Sauce

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Radiation, density, area, square law
ACMMG197
ACMNA173
ACMEM073
10. Explosives VolumeAs Will, Eliza and Drake desperately try to track down the dirty bomb, they need every piece of information they can get to find it. The size of the bomb the terrorists have built will determine where they can hide it and how they can transport it. A very small bomb might fit in a backpack. A larger one might fit in a car or van. A larger one again in a truck. And the actual dirty bomb in the book is crammed into 5 massive shipping containers.

Real life example: Freight Packing

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Radiation, density, area, square law
ACMMG271
ACMEM029
ACMEM103
ACMMG222
ACMEM091
ACMMG138
11. Exploding Laptop BatteriesIn desperation, Will devises an impromptu defensive weapon from a laptop battery as the terrorists attack him, Drake, Eliza and Melissa at his uncle’s house.

Real life example: Your smartphone battery

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Launch solution
Energy density, rates of change
ACMEM031
ACMNA188
ACMEM068
ACMEM034
12. Cracking the CodeAfter Drake, Will, Melissa and Eliza repel the terrorist attack at Jeff’s house, they find a scrap of paper with what looks to be a code written on it in one of the terrorist’s pockets. They try a variety of techniques to crack it. Let’s see which one works.

Real life example: Code Cracking

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Codes, cryptography, frequency-based code cracking, ciphers
ACMEM152
ACMEM049
ACMGM049
ACMEM047
ACMGM050
13. Locating the NukeWill, Eliza and Drake take a number of radiation readings around a circular path in the city in order to try and locate the dirty bomb. When they examine the readings, they quickly see that the readings are much stronger on one side than the other. The radiation source they’re detecting is closer to the strongest readings and furthest from the weakest readings.

To work out the dirty bomb’s location, they draw a line across the circle from the weakest readings towards the strongest readings and then beyond. They reason that the dirty bomb must lie somewhere along this line.

It’s only many hours later that Will realizes they may have missed something very critical – a second bomb!

Real life example: Prospecting with metal detectors

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Multiple readings, inverse square law
ACMMM012
ACMMM008
ACMNA214
14. Mixing Medical SuppliesEliza has to mix up some radiation medicine in a hurry but if she gets the mixture concentration wrong she’ll blow themselves up.

Real life example: The search for the perfect chocolate milk

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Mixtures, liquids, dilution, concentration, percentages, fractions
ACMEM011
ACMMG271
ACMEM104
ACMNA173
ACMGM044
ACMNA194
15. Shooting DownhillYou’ve just found out where the bomb is located, and decide to take it out with a sniper rifle that is located right next to you. There is an enemy with a detonator and you notice the actual bomb is in a relatively safe place (only surrounded by enemies). Only issue is, you’re on top of a hill and the shot is a tough shot, even for the best. You pick up the rifle, adjust for the distance and scope it in so that the reticle is directly on the detonator button. BANG.. the bullet misses. But what happened?

Real life example: Lighting the Olympic flame

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Ballistics, velocity, gravity, geometry, trigonometry
ACMEM082
ACMEM086
ACMSM119
ACMMM135
ACMMG064
16. Falling Fire ExtinguishersAt the construction site, the sniper is crawling towards the detonator for the massive 100 tonne dirty bomb. If Will doesn’t stop him, Drake, Eliza, and a large chunk of Brisbane will get sprayed in fatal radiation, killing thousands. After the gunman refuses to surrender, Will is forced to try and stop him by dropping a fire extinguisher on him. The sniper’s a moving target however and he’s 7 stories below Will, so aiming will be critical…

Real life example: Stunt YouTube channel

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Gravity, sideways versus vertical velocity, fall duration, estimation
ACMMM135
ACMEM018
ACMMM008
ACMEM086
17. Earthquake Nuke TremorsWill realizes that the Richer scale readings for the bomb tests suggest a much bigger dirty bomb than everyone originally thought.

Real life example: The Decibel Scale

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Richter scale, logarithmic scale, seismography, earthquakes, decibels, power
ACMMM154
ACMMM153
ACMMM158
ACMEM152
18. Escape from the Police StationWill and Eliza have some hard jumping choices to make if they are to escape the rampaging terrorists fighting their way up the police building below them.

Real life example: Diving board contest

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Falling, dynamics, velocity, gravity, acceleration
ACMEM018
ACMEM086
ACMMM135
ACMEM014
ACMMM011
ACMMM094
19. Medication DosagesEliza’s had a rough day – getting shot by the police with rubber bullets, getting shot in the hand by terrorists with real bullets. She’s just about to collapse from the pain, so they’ve found a medical centre where he can get treatment. The doctor isn’t used to giving injected pain medication to kids (especially small kids like Eliza), so she has to scale down the dosage.

Real life example: The perfect cordial mix
Real life example: Hospital medication dosages

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Dosage scaling, body weight, ratios
ACMNA188
ACMEM099
20. Stair ClimbingWill and Eliza are heading to the top of Skyfeller centre to search for the nuke. If the enemy finds out that they are there, the two need to know how much time they have before getting caught.

Real life example: Burj Khalifa

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Launch solution
Estimation, velocity, time
ACMEM018
ACMEM086
ACMEM082
ACMEM068
ACMMG062
21. Search GridWill and Eliza are in the unfinished rooftop garden at the top of the Skyfeller centre, trying desperately to find where the nuke has been buried.

Real life example: Crime scenes
Real life example: Battleship

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CSI, search grid, area, time
ACMMG109
ACMMG216
ACMEM018
ACMEM086
ACMNA188
ACMMG065
22. LeverageWill and Eliza have unearthed the nuke buried at the top of the Skyfeller building. Their only chance to save the city is to get the nuke out of the hole, down the lifts, and away from the city. Their first challenge is getting the nuke out of the hole – it’s very heavy and the companions don’t have a chance of lifting it out themselves.

Real life example: Nail clippers and Crowbars

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Lever arm, weight, ratios
ACMNA188
ACMEM018
ACMMG064
23. Fireball RadiiWill needs to stash the 15 kilotonne nuke somewhere where it won’t kill anyone. The first problem is he’s only got a few minutes to do so, which doesn’t leave him a lot of options for places to go. His second problem is not knowing how big the fireball and radius of destruction is going to be. He needs to know this so he can work out whether he can stash it in the river, like he did for the dirty bomb, or perhaps in one of the car tunnels running under the city.

Real life example: Mining

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Size estimation, cube root scaling
ACMMM061
ACMMM062
ACMEM018
ACMMG090
ACMEM111
24. VectoringDrake has stolen the hospital helicopter and is flying after Will to support him as he drives out of the city with the nuke while being chased by the terrorists. He wants to catch up to Will as quickly as possible.

Real life example: Shooting for goal

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Geometry, velocity, time
ACMMM008
ACMMM028
ACMEM086
ACMEM120
25. Swinging Pendulum EscapeWill is on a one way ride to the top of the mountain, holding on grimly to primitive lift rope pulling him up through the dark shaft. Hundreds of metres below him is a furious Danial and a nuke only minutes from exploding. In the seconds remaining he must work out how to avoid shooting up into the air at the surface only to fall back down to his death down the mine shaft.

Real life example: Wrecking ball

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Launch solution
Velocity, pendulum motion, acceleration
ACMNA188
ACMEM073
ACMMM135
ACMEM119
26. Escaping the NukeWill is stuck at the top of Mt Cootha with only minutes left until the nuke he’s left deep under the mountain explodes, taking him and everything else with it. His only chance is to escape the zone of destruction – but he’s got very limited options!

Real life example: Wingsuit jumping

Launch tutorial

Launch worksheet

Launch solution
Time, velocity, assumptions, incomplete information
ACMEM087
ACMEM018
ACMEM086
ACMMM135
ACMMM094

Remedial Math Guide

Complete School is a complete remedial guide to high school mathematics. The two e-books (junior and senior mathematics) are available as .pdf files, which you can view using the Adobe Reader software.

All the videos are also stored online and can be watched online or downloaded for storage on your own computer / school network.

Click here to access the remedial math guide