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Historical Modules for the Teaching and Leaning of Mathematics

Historical Modules for the Teaching and Leaning of Mathematics - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0883857410

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ISBN13: 978-0883857410
ISBN10: 0883857413
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Publisher: Mathematical Association of America
Published: 2005
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Historical Modules for the Teaching and Leaning of Mathematics - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0883857410

Victor Katz and Karen Dee Eds. Michalowicz

ISBN13: 978-0883857410
ISBN10: 0883857413
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Mathematical Association of America

Published: 2005
International: No
Summary

These eleven historical modules are collections of lesson materials designed to demonstrate the use of the history of mathematics in the teaching of mathematics. They have been written by teams of college and high teachers and have been field tested in a variety of situations. The materials can fit many different types of objectives and can be used in a variety of mathematics classes, from pre-algebra through calculus. They may be copied freely to distribute to your students. The eleven modules are as follows:

  • Archimedes: Activities from the work of Archimedes
  • Combinatorics:: The elementary formulas for combinations and permutations along with an introduction to probability
  • Exponentials and Logarithms : The development of the exponential and logarithmic functions with applications
  • Functions: The general idea of a function, with illustrations from many sources
  • Geometric Proof: An historical study with numerous examples
  • Lengths, Areas, and Volumes: Activities from around the world dealing with the measurement of these quantities
  • Linear Equations: The idea of a proportion along with the solution of linear equations and systems of linear equations
  • Negative Numbers: How these quantities are used and why
  • Polynomials: Methods for solving quadratic and cubic equations, as well as more general polynomials
  • Statistics: Basic concepts of statistical reasoning, including graphs
  • Trigonometry From the creation of a sine table to the measurement of plane and spherical triangles

Navigation through the files can be accomplished easily by using the Bookmarks feature of Adobe Acrobat. In each module, there is a bookmark list of the Table of Contents for that module, as well as bookmarks for each of the other modules. The search feature of Adobe Acrobat can also be used to find particular items. The "Index by Level" file lists all the activities in the eleven modules by the lowest grade/course level in which the activity could be used. When you are teaching a particular course, this will give you a list of activities from which to choose. Since course content varies so much around the country, you should only use this index as a rough guide. You will naturally need to look at the activities in detail to decide which ones will work with your students.

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