ERIC Number: ED342626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
South Carolina Guide for Mathematics for the Technologies (Applied Vocational Mathematics).
Moore, Charles; And Others
In this instructional guide, a third-level, two-semester mathematics course specifically for the student who plans a career in a vocational field is presented. The course is designed to meet the needs of students with varying mathematical backgrounds and to teach the mathematical skills required by various technical areas. In this practical approach, instruction in understanding concepts is followed immediately by instruction in how to apply the concepts in real workday situations. The course includes instruction in the following areas: solving problems with a calculator; linear measurement including the English system, the metric system, and common and decimal fractions; measurement of capacity, mass and temperature; basic algebra; ratio, proportion and percent; graphs and tables; geometry; measurement of area and volume; and money and time. Included in the guide are: (1) a course outline; (2) a master list of competencies; (3) a master list of performance objectives; (4) equipment lists; (5) a list of suggested computer software; (6) instructional activities for each of the 64 competencies; and (7) applications for each of the 85 performance objectives. Representative competencies include: find the perimeter of polygons using English units; convert decimals to common fractions and vice versa; explain and use tolerance; evaluate expressions with powers and roots; read and interpret line, bar and circle graphs; read trigonometric tables; identify quadrilaterals; find the area of a triangle, parallelogram, or circle; computer salaries; complete invoices. Among the performance objectives are such exercises as: given any combination of decimal numbers, perform any of the four basic math operations; given a container and specified metric unit, determine its mass to the nearest half unit; given an expression with an exponent or radical, write its value without an exponent or radical; and given a table, interpolate to find a value between two given values. (CW)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: South Carolina State Dept. of Education, Columbia. Office of Vocational Education.; Clemson Univ., SC.