Thursday, April 4, 2013

Math problems of the week: writing functions in 1930s math vs. the Interactive Math Program

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 Interactive Math Program Year 4 (Dan Fendel, Diane Resek, Lynne Alper and Sherry Fraser, 2000) "World of Functions" chapter [click to enlarge]:

(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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