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ERIC Number: ED264131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 107
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Modelling for Schools/Colleges. South Bank Research Series in Mathematical/Computing Education 1. An External Paper.
Kapadia, Ramesh, Ed.; Kyffin, Huw, Ed.
This document consists of seven chapters. The first chapter analyzes the modeling process and gives reasons for introducing a modeling approach in classrooms, arguing that students will develop more confident and positive attitudes toward mathematics. The next five chapters contain case studies, which focus, respectively on: whether it is more economical to rent or buy a television set; how pricing policy affects profit; how a rear window wiper should be positioned on an automobile to sweep the maximum area; the mathematics of the long jump; and which of three schools should be shut due to declining enrollments (by calculating traveling time by different modes of transportation). Each of these chapters includes: an introduction to the problem to be modeled, with prerequisites and the target age-range (and learning objectives, when applicable); list of assumptions on which the model is based; an influence diagram showing the relationship between factors; model development (which may consist of several parts); and a concluding section which draws out implications and gives ideas for further work. Assessment items are included for several models. The final chapter contains a list of models which could be used in the classroom together with a list of references and a bibliography. (JN)
Mr. M. Morgan, Dept. of Mathematical Sciences and Computing, Polytechnic of the South Bank, Borough Rd., London SE1 0AA, England (3.00 pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Polytechnic of the South Bank, London (England). Dept. of Mathematical Sciences and Computing.