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ERIC Number: EJ1177848
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Using History to Model with Mathematics: The German Tank Problem
Roy, George J.; Eli, Jennifer A.; Hendrix, Leslie; Graul, LuAnn
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v23 n7 p370-377 May 2018
Students who are adept in modeling with mathematics have the capability to use mathematics in situations that arise in everyday life. The German Tank problem described in this article created the expectation that student reasoning was rooted in logical deductions (NCTM 2000). By engaging in this problem, students grappled with challenging mathematics in which they assumed the role of analysts creating mathematical models to understand historical events that influenced strategic planning during World War II. This interdisciplinary task provided students with the opportunity to see data as more than just numbers, but numbers with meaning that can have a substantial impact on the decisions affecting and influencing real-world outcomes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A