ERIC Number: EJ1045078
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Math Mistakes That Make the News
Lewis, Heather A.
PRIMUS, v25 n2 p181-192 2015
Teachers often promote care in doing calculations, but for most students a single mistake rarely has major consequences. This article presents several real-life events in which relatively minor mathematical errors led to situations that ranged from public embarrassment to the loss of millions of dollars' worth of equipment. The stories here are appropriate to share in middle school through undergraduate classrooms.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Error Patterns, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Computation, Mathematics Skills, Measurement Techniques
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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