ERIC Number: ED212475
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
The Language of Mathematics, Grades 6-12.
Indiana State Dept. of Public Instruction, Indianapolis. Div. of Reading Effectiveness.
A brief overview of the language of mathematics is presented, with specific attention given to its structure and facility. It is felt that professional discretion has to be exercised as to which elements of the material are acceptable for student use. However, it is viewed as essential that teachers be exposed to the structure in order to deal more proficiently with pupils' apparent inability to understand. Five parts of mathematical speech are noted: (1) Number Symbols, (2) Operation Symbols, (3) Relation Symbols, (4) Grouping Symbols, and (5) Placeholder Symbols. The nature of mathematical expressions, which pull together symbols in meaningful combinations, is discussed. The translation of expression from mathematics to English is reviewed. It is felt that understanding this translation process will help students be better prepared for analysis in problem-solving situations, and avoid defeat at the hands of story problems. (MP)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Dept. of Public Instruction, Indianapolis. Div. of Reading Effectiveness.