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Subject:  RE: Algebra Textbook Recommendation 
Author:  Craig 
Date:  Jul 3 2007 
> .........I am new to
> teaching high school students since I was formerly a college math
> instructor. I have a hard time coming up with fun class activities
> for topics like functions. please help.
One place to start would be the "search" feature in MathTools. You will find
technologybased activities appropriate for many different levels. Search the
catalog for functions; you can click on "type" to get activities at the top of
the listing.
Math Connections Book 1B (unit 6) has an EXCELLENT development of functions; it
may have (or spark!) ideas for activities that would work with your
students.
One activity I use with advanced students involves a topographic mapI guide
them with several questions to help them see nonformulaic functions
(including functions with multivariable input). A favorite test question I
use with Algebra 2 involves a table of wind chill factors... this is a
multivariable relation, and students have to interpret the table and discuss
whether it does or doesn't represent a function, and whatever their argument,
they must describe domain and range that support their answer.
 
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