Real-Life Math: Everyday Use of Mathematical Concepts

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What does this have to do with real life? is a question that plagues mathematics teachers across America, as students are confronted with abstract topics in their high school mathematics courses. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics emphasizes the importance of making real world connections in teaching mathematics so that learning new content is meaningful to students. And in meeting NCTM national standards, this invaluable book provides many insights into the many connections between mathematics ...

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Overview

What does this have to do with real life? is a question that plagues mathematics teachers across America, as students are confronted with abstract topics in their high school mathematics courses. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics emphasizes the importance of making real world connections in teaching mathematics so that learning new content is meaningful to students. And in meeting NCTM national standards, this invaluable book provides many insights into the many connections between mathematics applications and the real world. Nearly 50 math concepts are presented with multiple examples of how each is applied in everyday environments, such as the workplace, nature, science, sports, and even parking. From logarithms to matrices to complex numbers, concepts are discussed for a variety of mathematics courses, including:

• algebra

• geometry

• trigonometry

• analysis

• probability

• statistics

• calculus

In one entry, for example, the authors show how angles are used in determining the spaces of a parking lot. When describing exponential growth, the authors demonstrate how interest on a loan or credit card increases over time. The concept of equations is described in a variety of ways, including how business managers estimate how many hours it takes a certain number of employees to complete a task, as well as how a to compute a quarterback's passing rating. Websites listed at the end of each entry provide additional examples of everyday math for both students and teachers.

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Mathematics educators Glazer (U. of Georgia) and McConnell (North Park U.) describe practical uses of some common mathematical concepts and techniques. The arrangement is by concept, so the reference would probably be most useful to high school teachers and librarians, rather than students seeking techniques for particular problems. The techniques themselves are not explained. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313319983
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2002
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 9.46 (w) x 6.16 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

EVAN M. GLAZER is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Georgia in the Department of Instructional Technology, and a former mathematics teacher at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, IL. Previous publications include Using Internet Primary Sources to Teach Critical Thinking Skills in Mathematics (Greenwood, 2001).

JOHN W. MCCONNELL is a professor at North Park University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Angle 1
Asymptote 7
Cartesian Coordinates 10
Circles 12
Circumference 16
Complex Numbers 16
Conic Sections 18
Counting 21
Derivative 23
Equations 23
Expected Value 26
Exponential Decay 28
Exponential Growth 30
Fibonacci Sequence 35
Imaginary Numbers 37
Integration 37
Inverse (Multiplicative) 43
Inverse Functions 45
Inverse Square Function 47
Linear Functions 49
Logarithms 55
Logistic Functions 58
Matrices 61
Perimeter 64
Periodic Functions 67
Plane 70
Polar Coordinates 72
Polynomial Functions 75
Probability 77
Proportions 82
Pythagorean Theorem 87
Quadratic Functions 89
Quadrilaterals 93
Rates 96
Ratio 102
Reflections 107
Rotations 111
Sequences 114
Series 117
Similarity 121
Slope 124
Square Roots 124
Standard Deviation 127
Step Functions 130
Surface Area 133
Symbolic Logic 136
Symmetry 138
Tangent 141
Translations 144
Triangle Trigonometry 146
Variation 150
Vectors 154
Volume 159
Bibliography 163
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