In Xbox Xponential, students write an exponential function based on the Atari 2600 and Moore's Law and explore this even further in three project tasks, More Laws, Power Play and What Gives, Nintendo?
Current Version: April 22, 2014
In 1965 Gordon Moore, computer scientist and Intel co-founder, predicted that computer processor speeds would double every two years. Twelve years later the first modern video game console, the Atari 2600, was released.
In the launch activity of Xbox Xponential, students write an exponential function based on the Atari 2600 and Moore’s Law. They research other consoles and create a scatter plot of speed over time. They write and interpret an equation of the best-fit curve of this data to determine whether video game processors have followed Moore’s Law.
Students explore this even further in the project tasks, and can choose between three topics. In one task, students research the growth in capacity of other technologies like digital cameras or wireless bandwidth. In another, they investigate alternatives to processor speed, like memory or graphics, to measure the power of a console. In still one more task, they investigate why Nintendo’s processors are always slower than the competition, and by how much.