Visualizing Functions Summary
Monday - Friday, July 7 - 11, 2008
The afternoon working group looked at the overviews from the work done at PCMI by previous functions working groups. Some of the members researched ideas on the Internet.
The group discussed what goals we were interested in and generalized several objectives. Two general goals emerged. One group decided to work on a project focusing on quadratic functions which may be used for Algebra One or Algebra Two. The idea is based on (maximized) profit as a function of cost to produce a product. That group envisions students working in small groups on different problems using the same theme.
The other group sees this as an opportunity to teach the basic concept of a function by photographing an event as it happens and then measuring and graphing the resulting curve.
Both groups began to form objectives and outlines for their projects.
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