The Mathematics of Forest Fires


Mathematicians are finding new ways to model the spread of forest fires (“bush fires”) using mathematical analysis.

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Read the article linked above.  Write a paragraph that explains the data used in formulas for “simple fires” and how the mathematical formulas have evolved to encompass more “extreme bush fires”.  What new variables can be accounted for in these new formulas?

Then, below your paragraph, draw a sketch that shows how flames in an extreme fire can “explode uphill”.  Feel free to label your drawing with words from the article.

Turn in the paragraph and the drawing together to earn a badge!


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