Bringing the Real World into Algebra

The special topic “Bringing the Real World into Algebra” helps students understand the purposes of algebra and promotes algebraic thinking (especially functions). Real world contexts are brought to the classroom through digital images, hands on activities and data collection. Students solve real world problems through mathematical modelling that involves functions. Students move from real world images to the graphical and symbolic representations as they generalise and apply findings to new examples.

The Year 9 and 10 tasks require access to computers, tablets or graphics/CAS calculators and student use of digital photos. They use free dynamic geometry software and common spreadsheet tools.