This is the summary of a presentation given at the 74th Annual NCTM Meeting, 25-28 April 1996, San Diego, CA.
There is a growing interest in mathematical modeling in the curriculum. This workshop will describe the process of mathematically modeling problems from other disciplines. An approach to teaching our students how to work at length on these open-ended, complicated, loosely defined problems will be explored. Participants will have the opportunity to investigate, critique, modify, and test a model of political parties competing in elections and consider the implications of their model for the design of political systems. Activities for developing in students the different skills of posing questions, identifying variables, simplifying settings, mathematizing relationships, drawing conclusions, etc., will be modeled and discussed.
See also information on the Mathematical Modeling Curriculum at Mass Academy.
Joshua Paul Abrams (Mass Academy of Math. and Sci., Worcester, MA)
Abrams's home page: http://www.wpi.edu/~jabrams/
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