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TEACHING RETREAT GEORGIA PERIMETER COLLEGE TEACHING RETREAT April 21-22, 2005 Dr. Margaret Ehrlich Andrea Hendricks Gerri Pringle Carolyn Spillman

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MATHEMATICS inherently prepares students to become culturally and globally literate citizens of the 21 st century!

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Internet Proficiency Instructor websites and links Department website and links MyMathLab WebCT Vista

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Other Technology Graphing calculators CDs/Videos of lectures Personal Response System

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MATHEMATICS Universal language Tool for daily living Intertwined in every aspect of our lives Develops problem solving and reasoning skills

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Problem Solving Process 1) Understand problem 2) Develop a plan 3) Implement the plan 4) Look back central to development and application of Mathematics skill needed for success in the 21 st century

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MATH MODELING Real-life problems that demonstrate the need for specific algebraic concepts and techniques Helps student learn how to analyze, solve and interpret problems in the course, future courses and in future careers

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Math Topics Applications Graphing & evaluating functions GE revenues; crime rates; cost-benefit Writing equations of lines; finding average rates of change Depreciation; service call charges; Toyota sales; population growth Exponential functions and logarithmic functions Insurance premiums, sales decline, carbon-14 dating, mothers in workforce Graphing quadratic functions; vertices of parabolas; zeros Maximum revenue from sales; teenage drug use; height of a ball or rocket

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MATH TRAILS Consist of a sequence of stops along a preplanned route on which students examine math in their environment Students observe, measure, collect and record data in order to manipulate it back in the classroom Useful with any age group Creates an atmosphere of adventure and exploration

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