This site is a reflection on how mathematics is used. It includes abstracts of studies on how much mathematics is used in various occupations: Mathematics in Automobile Production; Proportional Reasoning by Nurses; Modeling the Mathematics of Banking; Mathematical Models as Seen by Biologists; How do Scientists Interpret Graphs? From the MAA's Teaching and Learning Research Sampler.
Type of Material:
The best use of the material might be in class to model how the learners can use applications in mathematics. Additionally, I would assign learners to come up with more mathematics applications.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
The purpose of this site is to learn about how mathematics is used in various professions.
Target Student Population:
Students in a mathematics education class.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The material can be used to engage students in mathematics applications. This site is well organized and provides a diverse collection of abstracts that explain how mathematics is used in various professions.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The material includes several mathematics applications. Therefore, the instructor can use it in class to engage students and model how students can come up with more mathematics applications. Each application is backed up with an article that performed the research and the articles are clearly listed.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The material is very to use since it is located in a website that can be access through smartphones. At the top of the page there is a list of bookmark links so that the reader can directly go the the application that they are interested in reading without having to scroll down.
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