Visualizing Functions Summary

Monday - Friday, July 3 - 7, 2006

Monday, July 3

Mario and Greg started working on their project to design "function cards." Matt C. showed us a program he had made using Fathom that allows students to evaluate six pre-defined functions by choosing different inputs. Some of his functions had words and numbers as inputs and outputs. Craig, Becca, Matt B., Monte, and Doug worked on the idea of functions on words. They came up with this lesson objective: "To get students comfortable combining, composing and inverting functions by introducing functions that have nonnumeric inputs and outputs and progressing to algebraic functions."

Wednesday, July 5

The participants continued working on their projects. The working groups that emerged were:
      Craig, Monte and Becca
      Doug and Matt C.
      Greg and Mario
      Matt B.

Mario and Greg worked on "function cards" designed to help students become familiar with graphical, textual, analytic and tabular representations of functions.

Thursday, July 6

Sendhil Revuluri visited our group to show us what he and his group (in the Geometry Working Group) have been doing with functions in Geometer's Sketchpad. The rest of the time, our working group members worked on their projects.

Friday, July 7

The working group was thoroughly engaged today in its activities. We are planning to have dinner together on Monday evening.

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