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Cozzo, Thérèse; Cozzo, Joseph – Mathematics Teacher, 2019

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, increases in metallurgic technology and better manufacturing methods made naval artillery a more powerful force. Guns could fire more powerful shells that could travel farther and hit a target with much greater accuracy. Torpedoes represented a major threat to even the most powerful of warships, forcing captains…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Models, Trigonometry, Mathematical Concepts

Purvinis, Elaine M.; Fagan, Joshua B. – Mathematics Teacher, 2019

In first- and second-year algebra classrooms, the all-too-familiar whine of "when are we ever going to use this in real life?" challenges mathematics teachers to find new, engaging ways to present mathematical concepts. The introduction of quadratic equations is typically modeled by describing the motion of a moving object with respect…

Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematical Concepts, Equations (Mathematics), Mathematics Instruction

Popelka, Susan R.; Langlois, Joshua – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

"Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions" is an 1884 novella written by English schoolmaster Edwin Abbott. He describes what it would be like to live in a two-dimensional (2D) world--Flatland. It is fascinating reading that underscores the challenge of teaching three-dimensional (3D) mathematics using 2D tools. Real-world applications of…

Descriptors: High School Students, Secondary School Mathematics, Calculus, Computer Uses in Education

Angotti, Robin L.; Mudzimiri, Rejoice – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

Mathematical modeling, a key strand in mathematics, engages students in rich, authentic, exciting, and culturally relevant problems and connects abstract mathematics to the surrounding world. In this, article, the authors describe a modeling activity that can be used when teaching linear equations. Modeling problems, in general, are typically high…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Models, Relevance (Education), Problem Solving

Dibbs, Rebecca; Beach, Janessa; Rios, Daniel – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

Rich mathematical modeling activities are crucial to giving students agency and making mathematics meaningful. Proportional reasoning and transitional algebraic reasoning are the primary topics in the prealgebra curriculum, so a need exists for meaningful modeling activities using proportional reasoning in addition to geometric modeling. In…

Descriptors: High School Freshmen, Grade 9, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Activities

McCulloch, Allison W.; Whitehead, Ashley; Lovett, Jennifer N.; Whitley, Blake – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

Context is what makes mathematical modeling tasks different from more traditional textbook word problems. Math problems are sometimes stripped of context as they are worked on. For modeling problems, however, context is important for making sense of the mathematics. The task should be brought back to its real-world context as often as possible. In…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Audio Equipment, Textbooks, Word Problems (Mathematics)

Czocher, Jennifer A.; Moss, Diana L. – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

Why are math modeling problems the source of such frustration for students and teachers? The conceptual understanding that students have when engaging with a math modeling problem varies greatly. They need opportunities to make their own assumptions and design the mathematics to fit these assumptions (CCSSI 2010). Making these assumptions is part…

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, High School Students

Rhoads, Kathryn; Mendoza Epperson, James A. – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) states that high school students should be able to recognize patterns of growth in linear, quadratic, and exponential functions and construct such functions from tables of data (CCSSI 2010). In their work with practicing secondary teachers, the authors found that teachers may make some tacit…

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Intervals, Mathematics Instruction, Algebra

Lommatsch, Christina W. – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

"Find the extreme values of the function." "At what rate is the distance between A and B increasing after 12 seconds?" Prompts like these can be heard in most first-semester calculus courses. Unfortunately, these cues also tend to prompt students' eyes to glaze over with thoughts of "When will I ever use this?" This…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Relevance (Education), Career Choice

Hernández, Maria L.; Levy, Rachel; Felton-Koestler, Mathew D.; Zbiek, Rose Mary – Mathematics Teacher, 2016

In 2015, mathematics leaders and instructors from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP), with input from NCTM, came together to write the "Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Mathematical Modeling Education" (GAIMME) report as a resource for…

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Teachers

Anhalt, Cynthia Oropesa; Cortez, Ricardo – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

Mathematical modeling, in which students use mathematics to explain or interpret physical, social, or scientific phenomena, is an essential component of the high school curriculum. The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) classify modeling as a K-12 standard for mathematical practice and as a conceptual category for high school…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Models, Teaching Methods, Mathematical Concepts

Wendt, Ted; Murphy, Kevin – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

According to a 2012 study from the Program for International Student Assessment, twenty-nine out of sixty-five participating nations and other jurisdictions outperformed the United States in mathematics by a statistically significant margin (up from twenty-three in 2009) (Heitin 2013). To improve students' mathematical understanding, the authors…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement, Common Core State Standards, Mathematics Skills

Jacobson, Erik – Mathematics Teacher, 2014

For many students, making connections between mathematical ideas and the real world is one of the most intriguing and rewarding aspects of the study of mathematics. In the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSI 2010), mathematical modeling is highlighted as a mathematical practice standard for all grades. To engage in mathematical…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Models, Mathematical Logic, Teaching Methods

Weber, Eric; Ellis, Amy; Kulow, Torrey; Ozgur, Zekiye – Mathematics Teacher, 2014

Encouraging students to reason with quantitative relationships can help them develop, understand, and explore mathematical models of real-world phenomena. Through two examples--modeling the motion of a speeding car and the growth of a Jactus plant--this article describes how teachers can use six practical tips to help students develop quantitative…

Descriptors: Mathematical Aptitude, Mathematical Models, Problem Based Learning, Motion

Trinter, Christine P.; Garofalo, Joe – Mathematics Teacher, 2011

Nonroutine function tasks are more challenging than most typical high school mathematics tasks. Nonroutine tasks encourage students to expand their thinking about functions and their approaches to problem solving. As a result, they gain greater appreciation for the power of multiple representations and a richer understanding of functions. This…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics, Problem Sets, Mathematical Applications

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