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Case, Catherine; Whitaker, Douglas – Mathematics Teacher, 2016
In the criminal justice system, defendants accused of a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Statistical inference in any context is built on an analogous principle: The null hypothesis--often a hypothesis of "no difference" or "no effect"--is presumed true unless there is sufficient evidence against it. In this…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Statistical Inference
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Hardy, Michael D. – Mathematics Teacher, 2014
Unit conversion need not be boring. If students see that the skill is necessary, both their motivation to learn and their appreciation of the process can be enhanced. As a result, students become actively engaged and construct understanding and computational skills that they will retain over time. The activity described here makes use of scale…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Motor Vehicles, Mathematics Skills, Teaching Methods
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Jones, Steven R. – Mathematics Teacher, 2013
Calculus instruction is an important topic for high school and college teachers alike. A prime target for attention is integration, which, unfortunately, students too often treat as a rote procedure. Understanding the integral better will support students' application of their mathematical knowledge to science, technology, and engineering…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Mathematical Concepts, Teaching Methods
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Raje, Sonali; Krach, Michael; Kaplan, Gail – Mathematics Teacher, 2013
Concepts in mathematics are often universally applicable to other fields. A critical aspect for success in high school or college is the ability to transfer content knowledge from one discipline to another. This is especially true for material learned in the sciences and mathematics. Several studies have suggested that strong mathematical skills…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, Problem Solving
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Urich, Joshua A.; Sasse, Elizabeth A. – Mathematics Teacher, 2011
This article describes a hands-on mathematics activity wherein students peel oranges to explore the surface area and volume of a sphere. This activity encourages students to make conjectures and hold mathematical discussions with both their peers and their teacher. Moreover, students develop formulas for the surface area and volume of a sphere…
Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Anxiety, Learning Activities
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Hart, Eric W. – Mathematics Teacher, 2008
This article provides an overview of vertex-edge graphs as an essential topic in the high school mathematics curriculum, including rationale, recommendations, and sample applications. A classroom-ready activity with full teacher notes is also included. (Contains 1 table and 9 figures.)
Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Graphs, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics
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Morgan, Larry A.; Morgan, Frank W. – Mathematics Teacher, 1984
Presents a set of classroom activities and a computer program that have been used to help students intuitively grasp, in a minimum of instructional time, such fundamental concepts as hypothesis testing, random sampling, statistical inference and p-values. The lesson shows students how statistical thinking and microcomputers can be used in…
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Software, High Schools, Learning Activities
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Kelly, Ivan W.; Beamer, James E. – Mathematics Teacher, 1986
Discusses experiences in elementary statistics that involve describing data by measures of central tendency and dispersion and that are appropriate for students in secondary schools. Includes background information, instructional strategies, procedures, and a ready-to-duplicate student worksheet. (JN)
Descriptors: Computer Software, High Schools, Learning Activities, Mathematics Education
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Kimberling, Clark – Mathematics Teacher, 1984
Presents an Applesoft computer program to help students translate abstract sentences into concrete visible lines and thereby discover and confirm facts about slopes, intercepts, angles, and intersections. The program graphs and analyzes lines, given as equations of the form Y equals M times X plus B. (JN)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Equations (Mathematics), Geometry, High Schools
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Touval, Ayana – Mathematics Teacher, 1997
Consideration of a definite integral in an advanced calculus class led to a great deal of mathematical thinking and to the joy of discovery. Graphing calculators allowed students to investigate quick solutions which should be regarded as stepping stones to additional investigation and rigorous proof. With slight modifications to their proofs,…
Descriptors: Calculators, Calculus, Computation, Discovery Learning
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Lancaster, Ron; Delisi, Vince – Mathematics Teacher, 1997
Describes a mathematics trail created on the campus of Exeter Academy and in the town of Exeter, New Hampshire. A series of problems and puzzles enabled teachers to teach mathematics outdoors. Novel questions were created to permit students to look at things from a different perspective. Participants were often inspired to create questions of…
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, High Schools, Learning Activities, Mathematical Enrichment
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Fosnaugh, Linda S.; And Others – Mathematics Teacher, 1997
Describes a classroom activity based on the practice of fishermen tying knots in boat anchor ropes to determine river or lake depth. Knot-tying provides a simple hands-on context for students modeling in algebra. Students were actively involved in measuring, collecting data, fitting a line to data, finding an equation for a line, and checking a…
Descriptors: Algebra, High Schools, Learning Activities, Mathematical Concepts