Discussion:  Traffic Jam Applet tool 
Topic:  Teaching the Concept of Functions 
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Subject:  Teaching the Concept of Functions 
Author:  Susan 
Date:  Sep 23 2004 
and write y...what's the big deal." They can recite the definition of a
function from their textfor each xcoordinate there is exactly one
corresponding ycoordinate, but they have no idea what this means or how it
applies in the real world. What are some ways that you teach this with meaning?
Do you have an analogy that really works for kids? What about composition of
functionshow do you make that have meaning instead of it being a mechanical
process that students go through? Do you have any resources that you really
like?
 
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