Thursday, August 18, 2011

Math problems of the week: 1900's math vs. Interactive Math Program

I. The 14th homework assignment (and preliminary "Story") from the Interactive Math Program: Integrated High School Mathematics, Year 1 [click on pictures to enlarge]:




II. The 14th homework assignment (and preliminary discussion) in Wentworth's New School Algebra (published in 1898) [click on picture to enlarge]:


III. Extra Credit
What would today's high school English classes look like if they contained and solicited as much mathematics as the amount of narrative and verbiage contained and solicited by today's high school math classes?

3 comments:

FedUpMom said...

Surely you mean that Wentworth's algebra was published in 1898?

The Interactive Math homework is a nightmare. What an utterly pointless waste of time and energy. My brain hurts!

Katharine Beals said...

Thanks for catching that, FedUpMom!

Jennifer said...

First of all, how charming that a mathematical concept that has real-world applicability, and that was, in fact, devised to deal with problems in the real world (the concept of negative numbers) ignores all possibility of being taught in that real-world context in favor of a made-up and physically impossible and non-intuitive fantasy model.

Secondly, my God, this book is intended for high school students!