"Forest Gump" Page 1
This is one of the best projects I have used. It is more suited to older students, Year 11, who tend to see more into the problem than juniors.
To answer the prblem in full you need to work out what time of the year Forest started his run. Which months did he run through, which day of the month he started, and whether he avoided any leap years in his run.
At first the project seems to be quite open-ended but it is remarkable how close to one particular answer you get.
Using probability can help too.
Students often rent the movie out and study Forest's run much more closely. They can get a lot out of the project.
The movie is a gem and is worth watching!
The clip of Forest's run starts about 3/4 through the movie. Show the whole of his run - it lasts about 8 minutes and finishes with the scene shown on the right.
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"Forest Gump." Maths in the Movies. Project 4.
EXTERIOR. MONUMENT VALLEY
Forrest runs with a group that follows behind him.
FORREST (Voice Over)
"Anyway, like I was saying, I had a lot of company. My Momma always said you got to put the past behind you before you can move on. And I think that's what my running was all about.
I had run for three years, two months, fourteen days, and sixteen hours."
Forrest stops running.
The group stops behind him.
Forrest stands and looks as the group waits expectantly.
Forrest turns and look.
"Quiet. Quiet, he's gonna say something."
"I'm pretty tired. I think I'll go home now."
Forrest walks toward the group.
The group parts for Forrest as he walks down the middle of the road.
"Now what are we supposed to do?"
FORREST (Voice Over)
"And just like that, my running days was over. So, I went home to Alabama."
A television shows President Reagan and his staff as they react to gunshots in front of a limo.
NEWSCASTER (over television)
"Moments ago, at two twenty-five p.m., as President Reagan was leaving the Washington Hilton Hotel......."