Vectors and Dancing – A Dangerous Mix

I came across this activity from Jim Noble at the other day and tried it out with my precalculus class. We defined four different dance steps with vectors, and combined them into a routine.


We then tried out the routine while listening to Donna Summers’ “Hot Stuff”. As you can see, we could have spent a little more time practicing!

I liked this activity, because it got girls up and moving. We had a good discussion of the various ways to combine the steps to reach the same destination, and they mapped them out using the vector definitions. Jim Noble has made available some excellent worksheets that go along with this project.

If you’re trying to teach simple vector addition and scalar multiplication give this activity a try!