World Cup Math

Monica Echols, Mathematics, Francis Bradley Middle School

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This lesson is designed for students to understand that linear and exponential equations can be used to model, analyze and solve real world situations. It reveals how the usage of linear and exponential relationships can determine important statistics in sports. Students will understand that functions describe situations where one quantity determines another and these functions can be used to model real-world situations. Students will develop the concepts of domain and range. They explore many examples of linear functions, including sequences; they interpret functions given graphically, numerically, symbolically, and verbally, translate between representations, and understand the limitations of various representations. It is my goal that the learning outcome will enable students to work collaboratively to develop strategies to distinguish the differences between the two types of relationships. The usage of graphs, calculators, and other manipulative will assist the student in interpreting exactly what a problem is inquiring and how to better solve it. This lesson will demonstrate confidence in students as mathematical thinkers, believing that they can learn and achieve high standards in mathematics in addition to, allowing students to realize that their effort and persistence play a vital role in their success. By integrating math into the real world, students can see how math strategies can be used to explain and interpret their favorite sport and recreational activity.