Today a student and I did math using astrophysics.
If mercury takes 176 earth days to make a full rotation (sunrise to sunrise) how many earth months does it take. This way math becomes really important and tangible. This way students know they need to do math.
Then we moved on to why the universe is now called a multiverse? Using algebra terminology we understood that (In algebra :mono-mial -one term, bi-nomial- 2 terms, trinomial -3 terms, multinomial is more than three terms and polynomial- more than two.)
We have accordingly monoverse, multiverse and polyverse. But the terminology that scientists use most is multiverse.
We can go in depth about these terminologies later. And explain using string theory. But we concentrated on math for now.
In the course of our discussion we both discovered a NASA idea of an elevator to the moon using carbon nanotubes – as they are lighter than metal and stronger than any known metal could be completed by 2050 ( a recent report hopefully predicted 2035). We were both really excited to see that video.
We both enjoyed our precious time together. Looking forward to more discoveries at La Wisdom with the wonderful students.