ERIC Number: ED264131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
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)
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Mathematical Models, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary Education, Secondary School Mathematics, Teaching Methods
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
Authoring Institution: Polytechnic of the South Bank, London (England). Dept. of Mathematical Sciences and Computing.