Monday, December 26, 2011

Kcab and ChemProf on Math problem of the week: 1900s algebra vs. Connected Mathematics

(http://oilf.blogspot.com/2011/05/math-problem-of-week-1900s-algebra-vs.html)

 kcab said...


I'm struck by how much more fun the problems in Wentworth are than those in Connected Math. Also, they remind me of math contest problems, which my kids find enjoyable.

ChemProf said...

I guarantee that some of my incoming students, who do reasonably well in calculus or pre-calc, would be stumped by these problems. One issue I see a lot in chemistry is the inability to take a word problem and figure out the math embedded within it. I'd love to see students spend more time on "inauthentic" problems like these in middle school and high school.

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