Mathematical Fireworks

It's almost a brand new year and we often celebrate this with fireworks.  There are many fantastic math and STEM connections related to fireworks.  You could do a great science-focused STEM lesson about the burn temperatures for the common chemical ingredients for fireworks and the relationship to the colors made.  You could create a wonderful math-focused STEM lesson on parametric equations and the path that the fireworks makes when we view them in the sky.  Or, you could have fun with a fantastic technology-related STEM activity where you MAKE your own *virtual* fireworks using MATLAB!  Here's the result:

Fireworks movie made with MATLAB.  Original code found from: http://blogs.mathworks.com/pick/2010/12/31/fireworks-for-the-new-year/?s_eid=PSM_3028

Enjoy & Happy New Year!!!!

References:

Source for the fireworks MATLAB movie 

Code to create your own fireworks


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