ERIC Number: ED412104
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Crosswalks: PACESETTER Mathematics and the National Standards.
College Board, New York, NY.
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) has published three documents that propose standards related to mathematics education called "The Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics" (1989), "The Professional Standards for Teaching Mathematics" (1991), and "The Assessment Standards for School Mathematics" (1995). The Pacesetter mathematics program and the course through which it is implemented, Precalculus through Modeling, embody the standards related to secondary school mathematics set forth in these documents. This booklet gives a detailed explanation of the relationship between these standards and Pacesetter Mathematics. Unit 1 is based on students' previous experience with linear equations and focuses on problems associated with real-life situations to introduce mathematical modeling. The secondary focus is on the concept of function in general mathematics. Unit 2 examines multiplicative changes in art, finance, and social sciences. Sample activities include developing a savings plan for a person who has won a lottery and developing a savings plan for buying a car. In Unit 3 students build from quadratic and cubic equations to investigate the properties of power, polynomial, and rational functions. The sine, cosine, and tangent functions are introduced in Unit 4 which also utilizes graphing calculators. Unit 5 covers modeling with matrices, and Unit 6 addresses modeling with various other functions. (AIM)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Board, New York, NY.