Operation Comics #5: Wonderkid! The Origins of Wonderguy


This is the fifth of a series of comics that embed mathematics appropriate for grades 4 through 6 in story told in comic book format. Printed versions of this comic are being used by students at Cumberland Trace Elementary in Bowling Green, KY. The comic is available as an e-book for the Nook at the link provided above. Hard copies of the comic are available at www.operationcomics.com. Supplementary materials are available for free below. For more information on the origin and goals of this comic, see the pre-print of the paper "Comic Books That Teach Mathematics" at http://works.bepress.com/bruce_kessler/8. In this fifth issue, Wonderguy shares some clues with Claire and Dillon, and his secretary (foreshadowing), about how he came to be so strong. He also tells them about the first crime he ever stopped, as only a very young boy. In this issue, the mathematical concepts of simple probability and the probability of multiple independent events are discussed. Also, the science topics of genetics and Punnett squares are addressed, and even a bit of physics is discussed.


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