Interactive Mathematics

What Is Interactive Mathematics?

Mathematics at MHCC is interactive in the following three ways:
  • Students are actively involved with other students and the instructor in their learning of mathematics.
  • Algebra, geometry, probability, data analysis, and statistics are integrated in each level of interactive mathematics.
  • Applications from other disciplines are incorporated to establish a strong connection between mathematics and the real world.
To facilitate the learning of mathematics as prescribed by the NCTM Standards and the SCANS documents, an interactive mathematics class includes the following components:
  • Problem solving activities provide students the opportunity to develop and apply a variety of strategies to solve problems, verify and interpret results with respect to the original problem situation, generalize solutions and strategies to new problem situations. Through this experience students acquire confidence in using mathematics meaningfully and are able to formulate problems from situations within and outside of mathematics.
  • An emphasis on oral and written communication enables students to reflect on and clarify their own thinking about mathematical ideas and situations. Through communication, students learn to appreciate the value of mathematical language and notation.
  • The connection of mathematics to the real world is seen as students apply mathematical thinking and modeling to solve problems that arise in disciplines, such as art, music, psychology, science, and business. This leads students to value the role of mathematics in our culture and ever-changing technological society.
  • The use of technology provides the student with alternative ways to experience mathematics: numerically, graphically, and algebraically. Technology allows the modeling of realistic problem situations without the tedium of "number crunching".
  • Team activities and projects support cooperative learning, and provide the opportunity to develop team skills necessary to work in the real world.
  • Guided discovery learning activities help the student take responsibility for his/her learning and develop a mechanism to "learn how to learn." By investigating patterns, exploring concrete, pictorial, and graphical models students create their own understanding of mathematical concepts.
  • By integrating algebra, geometry, probability, data analysis, and statistics, in each of the four interactive levels, students will see mathematics as an integrated whole.
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