Architecture, Business, Art, Cooking – these are just some of the many ways Math shows up in everyday life. At every grade level, mathematical concepts build and integrate, giving students the opportunity to apply their learnings to real life experiences.
This winter, TMA hosted a virtual family night that introduced new technology skills like coding!
Precious shares his experience in AP Biology.
Parabolas in Architecture. Using quadratic functions, students learn how these U-shaped curves are used in structures like arches and bridges.
Financial Literacy. Students learned about financial literacy using exponential functions by 1. Opening a virtual savings account and computing the amount in the account after several years, 2. Calculating car monthly payments based on the interest rate and number of years to pay off the car, and 3. Choosing the college of their choice and calculating the monthly payments for student loans based on subsidized and unsubsidized loans.
Shape Creations. Students used online tools to learn about and experiment with shape creations, rotation, reflection, and transformation.
Buying a Car. Students relied on Exponential Functions to calculate monthly car note payments according to the loan amount, the interest rate, and the number of years payments are made.
Investing. When a luxury hotel’s stock rises 2% annually, Students used Statistical Data to predict stock behavior to determine if purchasing shares in the hotel now would be financially lucrative long-term.
Real Life Problems. The students learned new methods and rules for finding derivatives of functions. Then, they learned to apply differentiation methods and rules for real-life application problems. For example, the Design an Open Box lesson: Having a square base and surface area of a certain number of inches. students found the dimensions that would produce a box with maximum volume.
Students learned about transformations using an interactive web-based application called GeoGebra. The application allowed students to create and manipulate 2D and 3D geometric figures by rotating, reflecting, and translating. Students were also able to measure angles with the tools to help solve real-life problems.