I use gifs alongside physical demonstrations where possible, for example when I teach Volume of Revolution I show animations and use paper props too (see Gems 45).
So where can you get animated maths gifs? A Google Images search is normally sufficient but there are a few websites you might like to check out:
- Mathwarehouse.com Animated Gifs
- 0a explains: Calculus with pics and gifs
- 29 Gifs That Teach You Math Better Than Your Teacher Did
Here are some examples of gifs suitable for A level. You can copy them directly into PowerPoint. Some are more helpful than others – watch each animation for a minute and decide whether you think it adds any value.
|Definite Integration. Source: 0a explains|
|The Trapezium Rule. Source: Vivaxsolutions.com|
|Radians. Source: LucasVB|
|Tangent to a curve. Source: Calculus in Motion|
|Completing the Square. Source: LucasVB|
|Product Rule. Source: mathwarehouse.com|
|Quotient Rule. Source: mathwarehouse.com|
|Logs. Source: Purplemath.com|
|Normal Distribution by Robert Ghrist. Source: Gizmodo|
If you’re looking for animations for Key Stage 3 and GCSE have a look through my blog posts tagged ‘animations‘.