ERIC Number: ED190389
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963
Reference Count: 0
Mathematics Through Science, Part II: Graphing, Equations and Linear Functions. Teachers' Commentary. Preliminary Edition.
Bolduc, Elroy; And Others
These units were produced by a team exploring the possibility of developing some of the basic concepts of mathematics through simple, but significant physical science experiments. The purpose of the entire project is to see if learning and understanding of mathematics can be improved by the use of these science-related units in mathematics classes, grades 7-9. Previous knowledge of science on the part of the students or teachers is not necessary. The units supplement but do not replace, whatever mathematics textbooks are in use. The material can be inserted in a mathematics course for a two- or three-week period over the school year. The use and need for graphing sets of ordered pairs of numbers are concepts in mathematics which can be drawn from the science experiments. Other useful mathematical concepts derived from the science data are those of: (1) drawing a line of best fit from a series of graphed ordered pairs; (2) the slope concept and its physical and mathematical meaning; (3) developing the equation of the graph; (4) interpolation and extrapolation from the graph and from the equation; and (5) a mathematical generalization and its use in problem solving. (Author/MK)
Descriptors: Algebra, Experiments, Graphs, Interdisciplinary Approach, Junior High Schools, Laboratories, Mathematical Applications, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction, Physical Sciences, Science Experiments, Secondary Education, Secondary School Mathematics, Teaching Methods, Unified Studies Curriculum
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. School Mathematics Study Group.
Identifiers: Functions (Mathematics); School Mathematics Study Group
Note: For related document, see ED 143 539. Contains light and broken type. Best copy available.