Friday, October 29, 2010

Math problem of the week: traditional algebra vs. CPM

I. The final page of problems in the second chapter on quadratics ("Simultaneous Quadratics") in Wentworth's New School Algebra, published in 1898:





II. The final page of problems in the second chapter on quadratics ("The Rocket Show: More about Quadratic Equations") in College Preparatory Mathematics 1 (Algebra 1), published in 2002:




3. Extra Credit:

Relate the road from Wentworth's Algebra to CPM to the new report from the National Academies about the deteriorating prognosis for future American competitiveness in science and technology.

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