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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

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

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

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

Gordon, Sheldon P. – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

Much of what is taught, especially in college, is designed to support other disciplines. To determine the current mathematical needs of twenty-three partner disciplines, the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) conducted the Curriculum Foundations Project (Ganter and Barker 2004; Ganter and Haver 2011), as discussed in the appendix…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Mathematical Concepts, Calculus

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

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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Meeks, Kay I. – Mathematics Teacher, 1991

Provided are tips on note taking for students. Suggestions for changing instruction designed to aid students in their note taking are discussed. (CW)

Descriptors: Content Area Writing, High Schools, Homework, Learning Activities

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Olson, Melfried – Mathematics Teacher, 1991

Presented is an activity which examines an arithmetic concept from a geometric point of view. Objectives, prerequisite learning, and procedures are discussed. Four worksheets are provided with answers. (CW)

Descriptors: Arithmetic, Division, Geometry, High Schools

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Smart, James R., Ed. – Mathematics Teacher, 1993

An activity designed as an introduction to High School geometry empowering students to see relationships and make geometric connections. A list of student generated relationships based on student constructed and manipulated diagrams is included. Discussion guidelines are suggested. (DE)

Descriptors: Geometric Concepts, Geometry, 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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Edgerton, Richard T. – Mathematics Teacher, 1996

Describes an activity in which students analyze data from the Olympics. Discusses assessment of the activity and provides sample assessment form. (MKR)

Descriptors: Data Analysis, Graphs, High Schools, Learning Activities

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Touval, Ayana – Mathematics Teacher, 1992

Introduces the concept of maximum and minimum function values as turning points on the function's graphic representation and presents a method for finding these values without using calculus. The process of utilizing transformations to find the turning point of a quadratic function is extended to find the turning points of cubic functions. (MDH)

Descriptors: Algebra, Analytic Geometry, Functions (Mathematics), High Schools

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Esty, Warren W. – Mathematics Teacher, 1992

Proposes lessons for algebra students using the context of tax calculations to learn about the concepts of slope, split functions, averages, rates, marginal rates, and percents. Students explore ramifications of possible tax revisions. (MDH)

Descriptors: Algebra, Functions (Mathematics), High Schools, Integrated Activities