**The first assignments in which students are asked to write functions to model hypothetical situations: **

**I. From A Second Course in Algebra (Virgil S. Mallory, 1937), Chapter IV, the "Functional Relations" section** [click to enlarge]:

**II. From the**[click to enlarge]:

*Interactive Math Program Year 4*(Dan Fendel, Diane Resek, Lynne Alper and Sherry Fraser, 2000) "World of Functions" chapter(Interactive Math Program is a four year high school math curriculum).

**III. Extra Credit**

Compare how much of the symbolic modeling is spoon-fed to the students in the Interactive Math Program vs. the traditional math problem sets. Then discuss what this means for preparing students for 21st century jobs.

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