Mathematical Models with Applications
Mathematical Models with Applications focuses on the application of algebraic, geometric, statistics and probability concepts to real world experiences in personal finance, science, art and social science. Through a "Discovery-Confirmation-Practice"-based exploration of these concepts, students are challenged to strengthen their computational skills, to deepen their understanding of key ideas and solution strategies, and to extend their knowledge through a variety of problem-solving applications.
Course topics include applying mathematics to personal finance topics such as income and budgeting, tax and interest, credit, loans, insurance, and retirement. Students will use exponential functions to model growth and decay, quadratic functions to model motion, and use trigonometry to model harmonic motion. Students will apply geometric concepts such as similarity and transformations, statistics and experimental design, and probability and counting principles to a variety of situations.
This course supports all students as they develop computational fluency, deepen conceptual understanding, and apply mathematical process standards. Throughout the course, students are equipped with tools for analyzing a variety of real-world scenarios and mathematical ideas and are asked to solve and communicate mathematics effectively.
The course is built to the TEKS Mathematical Models with Applications Standards.