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Operation Comics #4: Wonderguy in the Sky!

Bruce Kessler, Western Kentucky University
Tressa Tullis, Western Kentucky University

Abstract

This is the fourth of a series of comics that embed mathematics appropriate for grades 4 through 6 in story told in comic book format. Printed versions of this comic are being used by students at Cumberland Trace Elementary in Bowling Green, KY. The comic is available as an e-book for the Nook at the link provided above. Hard copies of the comic are available at www.operationcomics.com. Supplementary materials are available for free below. For more information on the origin and goals of this comic, see the pre-print of the paper "Comic Books That Teach Mathematics" at http://works.bepress.com/bruce_kessler/8.

In this issue, Wonderguy encounters a talented trapeze artist named Aerial, who has decided to turn her impressive high-flying act into a career in crime. This presents a challenge to Wonderguy, who, despite his great strength, can not fly -- or can he? Wonderguy is going to need all the help he can get leave the ground behind and catch this heavenly hellion - especially from his mathematically-gifted sidekicks Claire and Dillon.

The mathematics concepts of finding proportional amounts and solving for a squared variable (using mostly linear equation techniques) are presented.

Suggested Citation

Bruce Kessler and Tressa Tullis. Operation Comics #4: Wonderguy in the Sky!. Bowling Green, KY: , 2010.

OperationComics4_sample.pdf (698 kB)
This is a short sample of the fourth comic.

teacher_sup_4.pdf (1065 kB)
This is a teacher supplement in support of the fourth comic.

Fma_sup.pdf (153 kB)
This is a worksheet for students to use to reinforce the relationship between force, mass, and acceleration.

Torque_sup.pdf (156 kB)
This is a worksheet for students to use to reinforce the relationship between forces and their distance from a balance point.

halfgt2_sup.pdf (320 kB)
This is a worksheet for students to use to reinforce the relationship between acceleration due to gravity, time in the air, and distance traveled.