These lessons will help students understand how classroom lessons about lines of best fit, slope, quadratic equations, percent of change, polynomials, and the Pythagorean theorem are applicable to future careers.
The lessons address the following questions:
- Lesson 1: How are best-fit lines important in many careers?
- Lesson 2: How might a personal trainer use slope to analyze a workout and plan for future training sessions?
- Lesson 3: How can finding the vertex of a parabola be a useful career skill?
- Lesson 4: How are formulas containing radicals — such as those for sight distance — useful to the military and in other careers?
- Lesson 5: How can the ability to calculate percent of change be important in retail careers?
- Lesson 6: How might a postal worker use polynomials to determine whether boxes of different sizes meet the post office’s shipping requirements?
- Lesson 7: How is the Pythagorean theorem useful to utility workers?
- Lesson 8: How can matrices be used to display and interpret data in various careers?
- Lesson 9: How is the concept of exponential growth important in banking careers?
- Lesson 10: How can using elimination or substitution in a system of equations determine important statistics in sports?
Lessons and relevant careers
|1. Best-fit lines||Marketing analysts, advertising executives, scientists||Scatter plot/best-fit line worksheet|
|2. Slope||Advertising executives, construction workers, architects||Worksheet: Finding slope|
|3. Quadratic equations||Landscape architects, pyrotechnicians, civil engineers||Quadratic equation worksheet|
|4. Radicals||Firefighters, military careers||Worksheet: Freefalling and radicals|
|5. Percent of change||Retail managers, salespersons||Percent of change worksheet|
|6. Polynomials||Postal workers, farmers||Polynomial worksheet|
|7. Pythagorean theorem||Utility workers, construction workers, firefighters||Hurricane scenario worksheet|
|8. Matrices||Marketing analysts, statisticians||Matrix creation activity|
|9. Exponential growth||Bankers, automobile salespersons||Exponential growth worksheet|
|10. Systems of equations||Statisticians, accountants||Basketball statistics worksheet|
- 2.1Predicting the future with best-fit lines
- 2.2Personal trainers: Working with slope
- 2.3Working with parabolas
- 2.4Free falling: Working with radicals
- 2.5Percent of change: What's the deal?
- 2.6Postal polynomials
- 2.7Utility workers: Working with the Pythagorean theorem
- 2.8Working with matrices
- 2.9Careers in banking: Working with exponential growth
- 2.10Sports statisticians: Working with systems of equations