arithmetic, algebra, and geometry are intrinsically intertwined. In this course, participants will further develop these interfaces through an understanding of the concept of a "function."
deepens and broaden
s participants’ understanding of functions
and provides a great deal of practice with problem solving related to linear functions and functions in general. Topics, in addition to problem solving, include various forms for the equation of a straight line and composition of functions.
: Teachers will study the concept of an inverse function, calculate the inverse functions algebraically and by using the ideas from processes and inverse processes, and will graph the inverse function. Teachers will learn to solve systems of linear equations algebraically by several methods and geometrically, and will engage in problem solving that involving systems of linear inequalities. Emphasis today will also be given to how the function concept develops in the classroom across grade levels.
: Teachers will start to develop expertise with nonlinear functions, including calculating the domain and range. Teachers will build their knowledge of the distance function, otherwise known as absolute value, polynomials of low degree, and inverse of the squaring and cubing functions.
Today’s work will relate functions to the Pythagorean theorem and the
equation of a circle. Teachers will also graph the function
and work with direct and indirect proportion.
General Course Information
As in all VMI courses, attention will be given to effective K-8 mathematics practice. This includes ongoing classroom observation by a VMI field mentor, conducting a systemic inquiry into practice in collaboration with the VMI mentor, demonstrating willingness to receive and use feedback about instructional practices, developing lesson plans in the context of overall curriculum, and sharing work with and critiquing work of other VMI teachers.
Full attendance is required. In the event of an emergency requiring an absence, the participant will arrange with the instructor to make up all work that was missed on the day of the absence. No grade will be issued until submission of completed assignments.