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Ontology of Mathematics - An ontological theorist generally begins his discussion with a preconceived notion of what kind of thing an object will turn out to be. Instead, we will here begin with a Thomassonian approach to the ontology of mathematics. First, let us consider what happens when we rst come to determine a mathematical proposition (which I will use synonymously with 'mathematical entitty'). A mathematician does not feel as though he creates mathematical theories. Pythagoras can hardly be thought to have created the claim that a2 + b2 = c2....   [tags: Mathematics]
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Introduction to Mathematics Glossary of Terms - Introduction to mathematics glossary of terms: In glossary all intend mathematical terms can be substantiate in plain language. In this mathematics glossary of terms is formulated in response to requests from teachers and others during the national curriculum consultation. . Mathematics glossary of terms is always incomprehensible even before they get heavy into the Greek symbols. Now we are learned in this topic about mathematics glossary of terms. Some terms of mathematics glossary of terms: * Absolute value * Acute angle * Acute triangle * Additive identity * Additive inverse * Adjacent angles * A...   [tags: Mathematics ] 944 words
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Mathematics in Neuropsychology - “Neuropsychology is a specialty that applies the principles of assessment and intervention based upon the scientific study of human behavior as it relates to normal and abnormal functioning of the central nervous system.” (The American Psychological Association) In more basic terms, the field of neuropsychology relies heavily on the study of the central nervous system combined with the study of the behavior of an individual. A type of psychology career, it involves using computational methods and mathematics, “particularly statistics, as a professional tool to quantify and analyze their scientific findings.” Neuropsychologists also work towards diagnosing any potential mental impairments...   [tags: Mathematics]
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Developing Mathematics Learning Skills - Mathematics is a subject that many people fear and complain is too difficult to learn. The truth, however, is everyone is capable of learning mathematics, even complicated mathematics. They simply need to know the proper method of learning. Mathematics is different from other subjects. It is more than rote memorization. Developing learning skills is vital to learning mathematics. Study skills specific to the subject are required, as is developing problem solving skills and learning to properly deal with learning stresses....   [tags: Mathematics] 914 words
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Mathematics in Everyday Life - Mathematics is possibly one of the most underappreciated sciences. It everywhere in our lives, mathematics runs our computers, flies our aircraft, and protects our information. But for such a major part of our lives, very few people can say that they know how it is done, how the RSA encryption protects their e-mail, or even that 21 squared is 441 without going into tedious mental calculations or reaching for their calculator. Contrary to popular belief, mathematics has a wide range of useful applications....   [tags: Mathematics] 1449 words
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The Impact of Technology on Assessment Practices in Mathematics - Introduction This essay aims to discuss the impact of Web Based Technology (WBT) on assessment practices in mathematics. WBT refers to and promotes what is known as Web Based Learning (WBL) where the learning is in hypertext format providing the learner with more exploration and interactivity capabilities. Studies in Hong Kong by Khalifa(2002) suggests that this is the most superior form of WBL in comparison to Distributive Passive Learning (DPL) which is used to deliver linear material such as word files and power point presentations....   [tags: Mathematics]
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MATHEMATICS STUDENTS’ PERCEPTIONS TOWARDS PROGRAMMING - Abstract. This paper presents a result of preliminary study conducted to measure Mathematics students' perceptions towards programming, and the activities of programming in general. Sample group were students who were currently pursuing their second year degree in Mathematics with Computer Graphics (MCG) programme, who took Computer Interface Programming (CIP) course during their first semester in their current academic year. The study was conducted after a realisation that the students were reluctant in attempting programming problems in their coursework that caused a large drop in their assessments marks....   [tags: Mathematics ]
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Methods of Instruction for Teaching Mathematics - Mention the word math and a considerable number of people are sure to express their aversion to the subject. To illustrate: Raytheon Corporation surveyed approximately 1,000 adulterants whether they would prefer to eat broccoli or to work on a problem in mathematics. The preponderance of the students picked broccoli. The terror of math encompasses into later life. According to research by the non-profit institute Change the Equation in 2010, nearly one-third of Americans would rather clean an unsanitary bathrooms than do a mathematics assignment....   [tags: Mathematics, Education, Schools]
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Mathematics and Science: My Favorite Subjects - My pedestal quality lies in the area of mathematics. It polishes my academic armor and sharpens my sword of educational merit. Mathematics is the backbone of my academic figure. Arithmetic and functions come like breathing and a math challenge is always appreciated; however, in no way is my prestige in math providing even the smallest level of interest for me. In fact, mathematics to me is comparable to a wrench in a toolbox: useful when needed, but otherwise useless. Nevertheless, my understanding of this subject provides exceptional resources to students in need....   [tags: Mathematics, career,] 535 words
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Comparison and Contrast of Mathematics in India and China - ... The Chinese was to go on to achieve legendary sea expeditions, such as Zheng He’s, with possibilities brought by their mathematical developments. Classical period of Indian mathematics lasted until the 12th century. India saw another burst in mathematical development with Madhava of Sangamagrama (1340 – 1425 CE). Credited with the discovery of infinite series to approximate a range of trigonometric functions, Madhava’s works, and subsequent developments and further discoveries (1400 – 1600 CE) by the Kerala school of astronomy and mathematics, which he found, led to modern mathematical analysis....   [tags: mathematics, trigonometry, zero, numbers]
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My Philosophy of a Constructivist Mathematics Education - At what point does a student, in all intents and purposes, experience something mathematical. Does it symbolise a student that can remember a formula, write down symbols, see a pattern or solve a problem. I believe in enriching and empowering students’ mathematical experiences that fundamentally stems from a Piagetian genetic epistemological constructivist model that allow students to scaffold their learning through cognitive processes that are facilitated by teaching in a resource rich and collaborative environment (Thompson, 1994, p.69)....   [tags: mathematics, education, teaching] 537 words
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Pythagoras and His Contributions to Modern Mathematics - Pythagoras is truly a man unlike any other throughout history. Perhaps his greatest achievements are within the realm of mathematics; with his greatest known theory being the Pythagorean Theorem. His theory is so well known that even today it peaks the interests of many mathematicians, with more than 400 proofs being spawned off of his original theorem. Though his theorem is common knowledge in this modern age, his life still remains a mystery to most, similar to most pre-Socratic philosophers....   [tags: Mathematics, Biography, Pythagorean Theorem]
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Egyptian Mathematics - The Egyptians are one of the earliest known and most well documented people to inhabit the Earth. They were one of the first people to respond to practical needs within agriculture, business, and industry. Moreover, archaeological and historical artifacts suggest that the Egyptians were among the first to develop the study of mathematics. This paper will discuss the development of mathematics in ancient Egypt, focusing on the use of hieroglyphs, the decimal system, and hieratic writing and numerals to demonstrate that the Egyptians made notable contributions to modern day understandings of mathematics....   [tags: Mathematics] 656 words
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Mathematics of Data Compression - Data Compression I. Introduction In the modern era known as the “Information Age,” forms of electronic information are steadily becoming more important. Unfortunately, maintenance of data requires valuable resources in storage and transmission, as even the presence of information in storage re-quires some power. However, some of the largest files are those that are in formats re-plete with repetition, and thus are larger than they need to be. The study of data compres-sion is the science which attempts to advance toward methods that can be applied to data in order to make it take up less space....   [tags: Mathematics Math] 2873 words
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The Cartesian Doubt Experiment and Mathematics - The Cartesian Doubt Experiment and Mathematics ABSTRACT: The view that Descartes called mathematical propositions into doubt as he impugned all beliefs concerning common-sense ontology by assuming that all beliefs derive from perception seems to rest on the presupposition that the Cartesian problem of doubt concerning mathematics is an instance of the problem of doubt concerning existence of substances. I argue that the problem is not 'whether I am counting actual objects or empty images,' but 'whether I am counting what I count correctly.' Considering Descartes's early works, it is possible to see that for him, the proposition '2+3=5' and the argument 'I think, therefore I am,' were equal...   [tags: Mathematics Math Mathematical Papers] 3426 words
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Usefullness of Mathematics in Everyday Life - Usefullness of Mathematics in Everyday Life G H Hardy once said that "Very little of mathematics is useful practically, and that little is comparatively dull". This statement is blatantly incorrect. Mathematics appears in virtually all fields in some form or another, and it is the only truly universal language. Even fields considered the opposite of mathematics, such as literature, are filled with different forms of math. Music is based very heavily on numbers, and even religions hold different numbers as sacred....   [tags: Math Mathematics Essays]
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Technology in the Mathematics Classroom - Technology in the Mathematics Classroom In today’s society, technology is advancing at such a rate that on can hardly stay ahead. Technology surrounds every person in civilization. To not use the technology that is readily available would be absurd. The same idea applies to technology in the classroom. Calculators, in particular, are becoming more readily available in the classroom, but technology should not stop there. Many inspiring computers programs, such as Geometer’s Sketchpad, Math Success, Fathom, Maple, and Minitab greatly enhance the mathematical teaching and learning that can take place in a classroom....   [tags: Math Mathematics Tech Technology]
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The History of Babylonian Mathematics - The History of Babylonian Mathematics The history of ancient Babylonia is really long, but this essay is a short and to the point summery of the entire history. The history of Babylonia started near the end of the year 2000 BC, when invaders were attacking the Sumer kingdom. Sumer was a powerful kingdom in the western part of Asia, and it some what occupied what would become Babylonia. After the kingdom of Sumer was destroyed the city-states of Larsa and Isin came into settle on the land once occupied by Sumer....   [tags: Babylonia Mathematics Education Essays] 1575 words
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Fractals: A New-Age Mathematics to Explain Our World - Fractals: A New-Age Mathematics to Explain Our World Fractal art is a new-age art that tantalizes the eyes and mind with patterns, shapes, colors, and abstract imagery. Artists have once again found a way to harness the abstractedness of mathematics and integrate it into their work. So where does this new art form of fractal design stem from. The reality is that fractals themselves are relatively young in the mathematical world. Of course since the beginning of art and history and mathematics, self-similar objects have existed and been intriguing to the human mind....   [tags: Fractals Mathematics Math Papers]
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Safety of Online Shopping Through Mathematics - Safety of Online Shopping Through Mathematics The easy and convenient way of shopping from the Internet attracts customers from all over the world to shop on-line. Anyone can browse the millions of websites, like Amazon.com and Ebay.com, that sell a variety of items or hold on-line auctions, as long as they have Internet access. Most big chain stores in the United States have on-line stores that sell the items they have in the stores for the convenience of lazy shoppers. However, there are risks that shopper should consider before they decide to buy from a site....   [tags: Mathematics Math Internet Shopping Essays Papers]
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Reflexive Substantion of an One-Way Ascendancy of Mathematics over Ethics - Reflexive Substantion of an One-Way Ascendancy of Mathematics over Ethics ABSTRACT: Russell and Popper are concordant with Plato with respect to the independence of mathematics upon the sensations. Beth shares the opinion of the complete independence between the world of science and mathematics and that of psychology. Essenin-Vol'pin's opinion is of an ascendance of ethics and jurisprudence over mathematics. For the first time, the position of Plato, Russell, and Popper are substantiated in this paper through Hegel's reflexive natural scientific method....   [tags: Mathematics Math Papers]
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Fractals: A Mathematical Description of the World Around Us - Fractals, a Mathematical Description of the World Around us In being characterized with fractional dimensions, Fractals are considered to be a new division of math and art, which is perhaps why the common man recognizes them as nice-looking and appealing pictures that are valuable as background on computer screens and art patterns. But they are more meaningfully understood by way of the recognition that many of nature’s physical systems and a lot of human works of art are not standard geometry forms....   [tags: Mathematics ]
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Mathematical and Musical Harmony - For most people, mathematics is an unsolvable puzzle characterized by the impression of numbers and calculations taught in school. It is often associated with feelings of rejection and disinterest. To the general population mathematics appears to be to be strictly rational, abstract, cold and soulless. Music, however, is involved with emotion, with feelings, and with life. It exists in all daily routines. Everyone has sung a song, pressed a key on a piano, or blown into a flute, and therefore, in some sense, made music....   [tags: Mathematics]
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The Developement of Mathematics - Although the history of numbers is rather unknown and unlooked upon compared to the history of other subjects; we should learn of the development of numbers, from the basic number sense that some animals also possess to all the different numbers we have today. After all, it is because of numbers that we have progressed so far in science and it is because of science that we have all the wonderful inventions of today. From the far beginning, before counting, man only had a rudimentary “number sense”....   [tags: Math]
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Gender and Mathematics - Mathematics is acknowledged as a hard subject. People who are good at it are considered to belong to a sort of elite. Usually to be “accepted” in this elite you have to fulfill some requirements and most of them are related with a specific gender. “Math is a God’s gift for boys.” This has been the perception of society for a long time. The majority thinks that the nature of mathematics goes along mostly with masculine attributes, thus, males are more focused on it. Therefore, according to these people boys by default get to be better in math, with girls being excluded from any kind of decent relation with this field of study....   [tags: Gender Studies]
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Mathematics - The Fencing Problem - Fencing Problem A farmer has exactly 1000 meters of fencing and wants to fence of a plot of level land. She is not concerned about the shape of the plot but it must have a perimeter of 1000 m. She wishes to fence of a plot of land that contains the maximum area. I am going to investigate which shape is best for this and why. I am going to start by investigating the different rectangles; all that have a perimeter of 1000 meters. Below are 2 rectangles (not drawn to scale) showing how different shapes with the same perimeter can have different areas....   [tags: Math Coursework Mathematics] 1293 words
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The Fencing Problem - Mathematics - The Fencing Problem Introduction ============ I have been given 1000 meters of fencing and my aim is to find out the maximum area inside. ====================================================================== Prediction ---------- I would predict that the more sides the shape has, then possibly the bigger the area it will have, although I have nothing to base this on, it will be what I am about to investigate. Shapes: I am going to start with the rectangle, I think this is a good starting block because I am able to vary the widths and lengths to see which has the bigger area....   [tags: Math Coursework Mathematics] 890 words
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Mathematics and Art - Mathematics and art are two areas of knowledge that demonstrate different degrees of interaction between critical and creative thinking. Whether considering mathematics or art, creative thinking evaluates a new or original idea containing some degree of value. Critical thinking examines assumptions and challenges a current belief or theory that has previously assumed to be true. Although general assumptions and creativity may be considered separately when considering extreme examples of concrete ideas and abstract ideas, the interplay of critical and creative thinking is one method in which new and validated knowledge is attained....   [tags: Logic, Creativity, Philosophy] 1590 words
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Mathematics of Baking - ... Referring back to the three function factors of baking (Moisture Value, Butter Content and Egg Content) we can use these same functions to find the ratios of ingredients. To find the ratios of each of these functions, you have to find the total value of each relative to the dryness value, for example: Moisture Value: 1.33/4.25 = 0.3129 Butter Content: 0.25/4.25=0.0588 Egg Content: 2/4.25=0.4706 For baking, if you have a high moistness value and butter content, relative to a low egg content, a coffee cake would be more suitable for these ratios....   [tags: ingredients, recipe, grams]
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The Integration of Literature and Mathematics in the Classroom - Since the 1800s, students have gone to school with the thought of learning reading, writing, and arithmetic individually, but recently have been able to learn them concurrently. How is this so. By combining changes in the classroom environment, instructional methods, technology, and methods of assessment, teachers are beginning to find more and more ways of integrating literature and mathematics together in the classroom. Prior to integrating literature in mathematics class, the traditional math lesson involved the teacher explaining math examples in the classroom with students taking notes and regurgitating the same procedure on homework problems (Shults, 2008)....   [tags: Education, teaching, teachers]
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Promotion and Retention of Women in Mathematics - Promotion and Retention of Women in Mathematics How do we interest and retain more women in the field of mathematics. "Women now make up nearly half the undergraduate math majors in the U.S. (1993 Annual Survey of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical association of America); yet in graduate math programs, only about one-quarter of the American students are women" (Adhikari & Nolan, 1997, p. 17). For women who choose SME (Science, Mathematics, Engineering) majors, persistence rates in the major are significantly lower than that of male peers....   [tags: Mathematical Careers Education Essays]
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Smith Report on Teaching Mathematics - Briefing paper explaining the changes which have been made to Maths education in England in response to the Smith Report. Introduction: The purpose behind this briefing paper is to provide the Secretary of State for Education with an idea as to how the Smith Report, 2004 “Making Mathematics Count” has changed Maths education in England. It is important that the Secretary of State for Education to understand how important the Smith Report has been to the advancement of Maths education and what recommendations have not yet been implemented....   [tags: Education Math]
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The History of Mathematics in Africa - The history of mathematics has its roots on the African continent. The oldest mathematical object was found in Swaziland Africa. The oldest example of arithmetic was found in Zaire. The 4000 year old, Moscow papyrus, contains geometry, from the Middle Kingdom of Egypt, Egypt was the cradle of mathematics. The great Greek mathematicians, including Pythagoras, Thales, and Exodus all acquired much of their mathematics from Egypt, including the notion of zero. This paper will discuss a brief history of mathematics in Africa....   [tags: Math ]
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The Use of Mathematics in the Medical Field - ... This may not seem too difficult, but in order to do this a nurse has to precisely calculate the drip rate of the machine so that the patient gets the required amount of medication in the time frame the doctor suggests. In contrast, a smaller bag of IV fluid may require instruction to give a patient five hundred milligrams every thirty minutes (Boyd). Before calculating the drip rate of the small bag, a nurse would have to convert the original cubic centimeters to milligrams. Just as important as conversions, ratios and proportions also play a huge role in the medical field....   [tags: x-rays, nurses, doctors, algebra]
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Mathematics in the Primary School - “A successful learner in mathematics involves constructing understanding through exploration, problem solving, discussion and practical experience and evidentially through a teacher who has a clear grasp of the underlying structure of the mathematics being taught” (Haylock 2010:3). Analysing my personal journey through mathematics will allow me to explore if my experiences have influenced my attitudes towards mathematics. Beginning by exploring the ways in which I was taught as a child, examining what framework was used for the teaching of mathematics, before continuing to explore if education reforms and learning strategies could have influenced by experiences....   [tags: education, teaching, learning, national curriculum]
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The Outlook for Girls In Engineering and Mathematics - areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics employers are not getting enough women (Pozniak). High school girls only represent 17 percent of computer science Advance Placement (AP) test takers (O'Shea). The most significant group of minorities who are behind in earning computer technology degrees and working in science and mathematical professions are women. “Historically, women’s low representation in science and engineering was said to be due in large part of their lack of ability, interest, or both” (Horning 30)....   [tags: Gender Issues]
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Alice in Wonderland and the Mathematics Involved - The latter half of the nineteenth century became a time of evolution for different forms of mathematics such as symbolic algebra, Riemannian geometry, Boolean algebra , and quaternion calculus. "To him [Lewis Carroll], algebra was all about numbers," mathematician Keith Devlin explained. “But in the 19th century, people were developing all kinds of bizarre new algebras, where x times y was not equal to y times x.” (Devlin) While mathematicians knew that Carroll, a mathematician himself, was slipping numbers in to his classic, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the hidden math came as a surprise to many others....   [tags: Lewis Carroll, rational, math, language, limits]
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Important Aspects of Teaching Mathematics - Teaching mathematics has evolved from the traditional instrumentalist view where the focus is on knowledge mathematical facts, rules and methods as independent concepts, to the more contemporary constructivist approach which focuses on building on prior knowledge and experiences incorporating mathematical facts, rules and methods to problem solve and investigate new mathematical concepts. This will in turn, enable students to apply concepts in real life situations. Teaching thematically is an approach which allows concepts to be applied to real life situations....   [tags: math Education, math, teachers]
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The Benefits of Learning Mathematics - When I graduated from high school, forty years ago, I had no idea that mathematics would play such a large role in my future. Like most people learning mathematics, I continue to learn until it became too hard, which made me lose interest. Failure or near failure is one way to put a stop to learning a subject, and leave a lasting impression not worth repeating. Mathematics courses, being compulsory, are designed to cover topics. One by one, the topics need not be important or of immediate use, but altogether or cumulatively, the topics provide or point to a skill, a mastery of mathematics....   [tags: Math Education]
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The Progression of Mathematics in School - The educational system grooms children to be productive members of society. First coined in the days of one-room schoolhouses, the phrase “reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic” has become a common mantra of education. The third of these three r’s is mathematics, an infamous subject. It is incumbent in many professions, from accountants and doctors to physicists and teachers. Both hated and adored by many, math is complex, essential, and encompasses hundreds of topics. These topics can be sorted into four basics categories: elementary math, algebra, physics, and calculus....   [tags: Arithmetic, Algebra, Physics, Calculus] 850 words
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How to Supplement a Mathematics Textbook - A Geometry Chapter Mathematics textbooks are imperative to students’ survival in a math class. Their importance centers on enhancing students’ learning potential, defining the curriculum for that class/grade, and establishing instructional guidelines that lead teachers and students to the content goals or standards of the subject (Lester & Cheek, 1997). Every chapter in a math textbook highlights the different concepts and strategies that students need to successfully master in order to fully understand the material, pass their exams, and thrive in the classroom....   [tags: Education]
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Mathematics in Early Childhood Learning - 1. Identify your beliefs: State what beliefs you hold about teaching and learning mathematics for each of the following: a) What learning mathematics is for in the early childhood environment b) The role of the teacher in children learning mathematics c) The role of the teacher in teaching mathematics to children d) Children and their learning of mathematics I believe that learning mathematics in the early childhood environment encourages and promotes yet another perspective for children to establish and build upon their developing views and ideals about the world....   [tags: Teaching Math to Children]
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Drawing Conclusions: Ethics and Mathematics - When I was in my 1st year of high school, I decided to join the Debate Team of my school because it was one of the extra-curricular activities that really intrigued me. Being a new member, a lot of the methods the veterans of the team used in their speeches surprised me. Before, I thought that debate mostly involved insulting one’s opponent and making him seem stupid. However, I was proven very wrong as that not only fail to provide any substantial argument that would prove any point, but was also banned and could lead to a loss....   [tags: Logic] 1302 words
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Procedural Lessons: Children and Mathematics - Mathematics has become a very large part of society today. From the moment children learn the basic principles of math to the day those children become working members of society, everyone has used mathematics at one point in their life. The crucial time for learning mathematics is during the childhood years when the concepts and principles of mathematics can be processed more easily. However, this time in life is also when the point in a person’s life where information has to be broken down to the very basics, as children don’t have an advanced capacity to understand as adults do....   [tags: teachers, conceptual teaching]
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George Boole: Boolean Algebra and Sets Theory - The work of George Boole on mathematical logic that gave birth to the “Boolean Algebra” was the most important contribution to the development of computer technology. We are going to see briefly, how the prodigy George Boole came from an economically modest family, to change the way we relate with logic, influencing the concept of computing and processing information. We are also going to analyse how his work in algebra revolutionised the way we think and symbolise logic sets, making the binary code and logic relations as the fundamental tool in the evolution of computer systems and networks, from the first breakthrough of Boole's work, until many years later, when science identified that hi...   [tags: Mathematics ]
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The history of Fractions: Music and Mathematics - As many of my elders have quoted, “You’ve got to know where you come from to know where you’re going,” or some variation of this saying. It rings true in the journey of life, love, and something that I consider my life and my love-- music, and the explosion of what some may loathe and some may love (I, the latter)--disco music. With a focus on music production, I must protect, justify, and enlighten myself on all things music, as well as others, and edify all within reasonable distance on the correlation of fractions and music, and just how a fraction, also known as a time signature when written on a music staff, has been responsible for the swing and groove of music, and the creation of an...   [tags: egyptians, Pharaohs]
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The Fundamental language of Mathematics - ... The one requirement for successful decision making is logic. You can way up the pros, the cons, the possibilities, and the likelihoods. Choosing the best holiday to go on; whether or not you should go on a diet; if you should take a certain job; if it’s better value buying in bulk; and whether you really need 80 litres of Diet Coke. Or not. This ability to judge situations with intelligence stems from teachings provided throughout your education career, specifically from the framework of maths....   [tags: creative thinking, logic,digital age]
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Mathematics: The History of Pi - ... Madhaven attended a charity school called Llanfechell. He then married twice and had two children. Initially he served at sea teaching mathematics in navigation. He continually applied his math in ways of calculating location at sea. This is what led him to his love of math and his future support in the finding of pi. William Jones was the first to use the greek letter for pi. Then came William Shanks. He was said to have calculated the first 707 digits of pi (Davis, 2014). Unfortunately, there were some errors in his calculations....   [tags: circle's circumference, radius, archimedes]
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Usefulness of Mathematics Education - Usefulness of Mathematics Education There has been much discussion over the years about the usefulness of mathematical studies. Everyone seems to have a different viewpoint on the issue. Some believe that mathematics has little use in the working world and so is not a subject that should be taught at higher levels in secondary school. Others argue that mathematics does serve a profound purpose, albeit one that is subtle and not obvious in the vocational world. G. H. Hardy and Underwood Dudley, two great mathematicians of the twentieth century, have differing views, and our current Secretary of Education Richard Riley has his thoughts as well....   [tags: Math Mathematical Jobs Essays]
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Writing in Mathematics Seminar - Mathematics is different from some other disciplines such as art and music in that it builds upon itself. It has traditionally been based on a series of axioms and theorems derived from these axioms, from which more theorems can be derived. Therefore, when an essay asks us to eliminate a concept fundamental to mathematics, it is difficult to make a choice since each concept has its merits and is necessary for understanding concepts that build upon it. This essay, although not feasible to implement in the real world, accomplishes the goals of a Writing in Mathematics seminar, which are to encourage students to think creatively about mathematics, increase the students’ skills in writing effect...   [tags: higher Education, math, higher learning] 830 words
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Earthquakes: Application of Mathematics - Earthquakes: An Application of Mathematics The October 13, 2010 earthquake triggered a large buzz across Oklahoma University’s Norman campus, startling students walking to class or sitting in the middle of calculus. This magnitude 4.3 earthquake was 10 miles southeast of Norman and was felt as far north as Stillwater. To many students, the few seconds of shaking was unrecognizable as an earthquake because Oklahoma’s seismicity is not well known. In reality, Oklahoma experiences multiple earthquakes, almost daily; they are usually just not strong enough to be felt....   [tags: Geology]
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The Natural Logarithmic Function - Introduction to logarithmic function calculator: In mathematics, the natural logarithmic function is defined as the function contains three parts, namely the number, the base and logarithm itself, Now the logarithmic calculator is the function of the logarithm function which means we are using to the base of ‘e’ where e is constant, base of ‘e’ value is given by [e = 2.718281828] . The logarithmic function calculator is represented as [y = log_b^(x).] We take the value of base of ‘e’ is approximately [ e = 2.71] ....   [tags: Mathematics] 721 words
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Solving Math Solutions Manuals - Introduction to solving math solutions manuals: The topic of “solving math solutions manuals”, are discussed below with some related problems and solutions. In mathematics, there are many chapters included such as number system, fraction, algebra, functions, trigonometry, integral, calculus, matrix, vector, geometry, graph etc. We can understand how to solve the problems using formulas and some operations. We can solve the math problems easily without using any electronic devices. Let us discuss some important problems below in different concepts....   [tags: Mathematics] 619 words
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Teaching Mathematics - When teaching mathematics to children the teacher’s enthusiasm can determine whether or not the child's math experience is negative or positive. For instance if you do not like math chances are, it will show up in the activities that you prepare for the child, as well as the way you go about a question because the children will sense your frustration that you have for math. If a teacher likes math on the other hand the activities will be well thought out, and the children will be able to ask questions without having the feeling that the teacher is frustrated because they are giving off a positive attitude....   [tags: Math Education, teacher] 910 words
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My Philosophy of Mathematics Teaching and Learning - As a secondary subject, society often views mathematics a critical subject for students to learn in order to be successful. Often times, mathematics serves as a gatekeeper for higher learning and certain specific careers. Since the times of Plato, “mathematics was virtually the first thing everyone has to learn…common to all arts, science, and forms of thought” (Stinson, 2004). Plato argued that all students should learn arithmetic; the advanced mathematics was reserved for those that would serve as the “philosopher guardians” of the city (Stinson, 2004)....   [tags: Education, Teachers, Students]
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Mathematics Curriculum Research for K-6 Students - Mathematics Curriculum Research for K-6 Students An effective curriculum uses essential mathematical ideas in a way that students can understand how new concepts build on existing knowledge of concepts to learn to solve problems. Students must be taught a variety of concepts that are important to success in future grades without wasting their time. Curriculum issues discussed in this paper are (a) influence on mathematics content in the past 25 years, (b) development of mathematics curriculum, (c) mathematics that should be taught, and (d) problems with U.S....   [tags: Math Education, math]
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My Philosophy of a Constructivist Mathematics Education - “Understanding is a measure of the quality and quantity of connections that a new idea has with existing ideas. The greater the number of connections to a network of ideas, the better the understanding (Van de Walle, 2007, p.27).” My philosophy of a constructivist mathematics education At what point does a student, in all intents and purposes, experience something mathematical. Does it symbolise a student that can remember a formula, write down symbols, see a pattern or solve a problem. I believe in enriching and empowering a student’s mathematical experience that fundamentally stems from a Piagetian genetic epistemological constructivist model....   [tags: Education ] 1279 words
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The Rich Cost of Poor Mathematics Education - America’s economy has been slowly crumbling before our very eyes. The nation has gone from a frivolous society to one of ever increasing frugality in the past decade alone. It has been said numerous times that the current generation of high school and college students may be compared to their predecessors who lived through the Great Depression. The focus on Algebra in high school is beneficial to a meager portion of the student population but, after college it is rarely used on the level in which it is taught....   [tags: America, Economy, Education] 782 words
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English Language as a Medium of Instruction for Science and Mathematics in Malaysia - Nowadays English was an international language, it was widely used; it was not just for education purpose, but was gradually spread in other sectors, especially in the economic sector. On 6th May 2002, the then Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir announced that government willing to reintroduce English as a medium of instruction. And on 11th May 2002, the then Education Minister Musa Mohamad established a bilingual system that set up with English used for teaching science and mathematics (Tan, 2005, p....   [tags: Language ]
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