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Colton, Connie; Smith, Wendy M. – Mathematics Teacher, 2014
The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSI 2010) asks students in as early as fourth grade to solve word problems using equations with variables. Equations studied at this level generate a single solution, such as the equation x + 10 = 25. For students in fifth grade, the Common Core standard for algebraic thinking expects them to…
Descriptors: Equations (Mathematics), Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Word Problems (Mathematics) Peer reviewed Direct link
Whiteley, Walter J.; Mamolo, Ami – Mathematics Teacher, 2012
A well-known optimization problem is the Popcorn Box investigation, which involves a movie theater snack container. The problem has been tailored for classroom investigations by the Ontario Association for Mathematics Education. The exploration was designed for students in grades 9 through 12. A common strategy proposed for algebra students is to…
Descriptors: Algebra, Geometric Concepts, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction Peer reviewed Direct link
Cory, Beth – Mathematics Teacher, 2010
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' (NCTM's) (2000) Connections Standard states that students should "recognize and use connections among mathematical ideas; understand how mathematical ideas interconnect ...; [and] recognize and apply mathematics in contexts outside of mathematics" (p. 354). This article presents an in-depth…
Descriptors: Graphs, Physics, Calculus, Mathematics Instruction Peer reviewed Direct link
Zelkowski, Jeremy; Mayes, Robert – Mathematics Teacher, 2008
The article focuses on engaging students in algebra through modeling real-world problems. The technique of least squares is explored, encouraging students to develop a deeper understanding of the method. (Contains 2 figures and a bibliography.)
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Relevance (Education), Least Squares Statistics, Algebra