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ERIC Number: EJ891128
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2710
Using Forensic Investigations and CAS to Motivate Student Interest in Mathematics
Leinbach, Patricia; Leinbach, Carl
International Journal for Technology in Mathematics Education, v17 n2 p99-104 2010
In this paper, we are proposing the use of forensic case studies as a means to provide students with interesting problem solving opportunities that capitalise on the popularity of several TV series and shows. It also satisfies their natural curiosity about how answers are found to seemingly complex real life problems. We begin with a very brief explanation of our choice of forensic science as a vehicle for teaching mathematical topics. Next we define the term forensic science or forensics, give a brief overview of the duties of the coroner, and where mathematics can be used in coroner's and police investigations. We conclude with a description of some of the activities we have in our collection of case studies. All case studies have a basis, but are not exact presentations, in cases with which the first author was involved. (Contains 9 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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Language: English
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