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Are there any list of mathematical constructions which can challenge 12-16 year old students?

Mathematical (geometric) constructions are an interesting way to engage students. It also helps in better understanding of different geometrical properties. For example, Sierpinski triangle or square, ...
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If one wants to conduct a 1/2 day workshop in Mathematics for 12-16 year old students - how one should go about preparing the workshop

The questions that I want ask are the following: What are the most important and effective topics to conduct a workshop? What fraction of workshop should include lectures, activity, problem solving, ...
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What are different Mathematical concepts which can be introduced to 12-16 year students in an activity based way

Activities are a great way to engage students with Mathematics. And that also helps them to visualise mathematical facts. For example, Pi in its decimal form appears to have no pattern (we used to say)...
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Importance of asking questions in a mathematics class

It is observed many times that students do not ask the right questions in the classroom. They just attend the lectures passively. Rather than asking the questions o get their doubt cleared, they ...
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Is there a math curriculum that is aware of CAS and the internet?

About 15 years ago, I heard a math education professor give a talk about how computer algebra systems would change the kinds of questions teachers would ask high school and first year college students....
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Looking for an educational game from long ago, possibly called Mother Goose [closed]

OK so this is really old school. Back in the 1980s, as a latchkey kid, I played on the computers in the library in elementary and middle school. There was this one bizarre educational game that I'd ...
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Why do we write $x$ instead of $1x$?

I am currently student teaching for an Integrated Math 1 class (which is similar to Algebra 1) that consists of 9th graders. I have been teaching my students how to solve linear systems using ...
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When working with 12-16 year olds, how should I graph functions when the domain technically isn't $\mathbb{R}$?

Let us assume that I want to graph any of the functions below. A) A can of soda costs $\$1$. Draw a graph depicting the total cost as a function of the number of cans you buy. Comment: One cannot ...
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Why should or shouldn't we teach functions to 15 year olds?

Background The students in my country are supposed to be able to work with and answer questions about functions at the age of around 15. This is asserted in the standard mathematics curriculum for ...
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How many of "The Seven Laws of Teaching" are still relevant for teaching maths today?

Wikipedia shows that in 1886 John Milton Gregory outlined his "The Seven Laws of Teaching"; asserting that a teacher should: Know thoroughly and familiarly the lesson you wish to teach; ...
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What research has been done on the effects of requiring students to learn to count in an alternative number base such a binary or base eight? [closed]

What research has been done on the effects of requiring students to learn to count and do some easy arithmetic in an alternative number base, for example binary, base four, base six, base eight, base ...
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What is the preferred way to denote the Pythagorean theorem equation?

I am teaching 12-16 year olds. How should I write down the Pythagorean theorem equation? Some alternatives: $a^2 + b^2 = c^2$ $\text{leg}^2 + \text{leg}^2 = \text{hypotenuse}^2$ $\text{leg}_1^2 + \...
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Phase shift vs. horizontal shift, and frequency vs. angular frequency in sinusoidal functions

TL;DR version: It seems to me that high school curricula no longer distinguish between "horizontal shift" and "phase shift", or between "frequency" and "angular ...
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What is a good second book in high school geometry?

I have been looking at questions on Math Stack Exchange and I am frequently coming across topics that sound as if they could have been optional chapters in a high school geometry class, but I have ...
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Why do so many people hate math?

I love mathematics and I know pretty much everyone in this community does too! That feeling of being stuck on a mathematical problem for days as you try to unearth the complexity in front of you is ...
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High school algebra books that encourage creative/novel problem solving

Circumstance Hello, I am looking for books that encourage creative problem-solving at the high school level. I attended secondary school in the United States and I have noticed that there are ...
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Difficulty in explaining sample space

I am running into problems explaining to my students in high school what exactly is sample space in probabilities, especially with identical objects. For example, according to Q6.2.3 of this UIC ...
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Why do we teach the Rational Root Theorem? (high school algebra 2)

Main question: Does anyone have any good/interesting applications of the rational root theorem or ways to teach it that don't involve conveniently ignoring computer-based tools in order to avoid rote ...
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Material and textbooks for CLIL learners

I have a quite broad questions. I'm a math teacher in Switzerland (high school level, school year 9-12). We teach following topics (among others): quadratic equations, quadratic functions, system of ...
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Should figures be presented to scale?

I've been working with a teacher, helping her with tech. One of the things I help with is to convert PDF formatted quizzes or tests to DeltaMath for the students to take online. The issue that I face ...
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Is $\overline{AB} \cong \overline{BA}$ usually taught as an instance of the symmetric property of congruence?

I have been tutoring a wide range of math subjects for many years. Recently, I began tutoring a girl in high school geometry (in California, for context). This semester of the course is starting with ...
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Support modelling cycle through differentiated means

I plan to work with my students on solving real-world problems through modelling them. Now it is my idea to follow the modelling cycle below. The idea is to find with the help of two values that have ...
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How to teach the Pythagorean theorem in a satisfying way to high school students?

I've been pretty dissatisfied with the way the Pythagorean theorem is usually taught, mainly for two reasons: The chosen proof feels like magic and I don't feel like I have a better understanding of ...
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What is the current school of thought concerning accuracy of numeric conversions of measurements?

I posted this question earlier today on the Mathematics site (https://math.stackexchange.com/q/3988907/96384), but was advised it would be better here. I had a heated argument with someone online who ...
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Is playing and teaching chess appropriate in private lessons?

I am giving tutoring to a high school student since more than one year and half. He is about 17 years old. He has excellent results in mathematics, being best student in his class for the last year ...
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Typical structure for walk-in math tutoring in US high schools?

I'm now semi-retired after a career teaching physics (and occasionally math) at a community college, and am looking for opportunities to volunteer with disadvantaged youth. During my college career, I ...
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Advice on teaching abstract algebra and logic to high-school students

NOTE: This question will soon be duplicated, as I didn't make clear that I was a high school sophmore in the beginning. At first I thought it didn't matter, and somewhat arrogant to mention, but in ...
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How to explain the LCM algorithm to an 11 year old?

Tl;dr: I am trying to teach my sister how the LCM algorithm works but I just can't figure out how to explain it intuitively. The best explanation I can give is that you're trying to construct a number ...
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Is the AMC 10/12 Test the Difference Maker for Top Schools? What do Colleges Look for?

The AMC 10/12 test is a test used in a math competition for high school students. I have a few students that know LaTeX who are very young and are extremely advanced for their age in high school. As a ...
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What is an algebraic explanation of why the product of the slopes of perpendicular lines is $-1$? [duplicate]

Q: What is a succinct, clear and purely algebraic explanation of why the product of the slopes of perpendicular lines is $-1$? Here I am aiming for high-school students (in the U.S.). I have a purely ...
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I'm in 8th grade and just finished Algebra 2. What math would I do for the next 4 years? [closed]

I'm in 8th grade and just finished Algebra 2. What math would I do for the next 2 years? In what order would math I would do in 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade. Thanks!
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When are students taught implicit and parametric representations of curves?

Do students learn implicit equations (such as $x^2+y^2-r^2 = 0$) and parametric equations (e.g., $x=a t^2,\;y= 2 a t$) in a first course in algebra, which in the US would be early high school, maybe ...
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How important is it to come up with or learn an elementary solution?

Note: by "elementary" I mean "without using more advanced theory and tools". Students are sometimes required or encouraged to solve very difficult problems using limited number of ...
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Advice: How to cite literature for high-school students?

Suppose one were writing a book aimed at high-school students (and their teachers), where "high-school" in the US means grades 9,10,11,12 (where college/university starts at 13). The book is ...
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Teaching Mathematics to a Younger Sibling

I always wanted to teach my siblings mathematics, and one, ten years of age, is particularly eager. For the purposes of specializing recommendations, I will add he can use arithmetic up to ...
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Should students get another chance at a math question because of English troubles?

The question is John has locked a 4 digit combination lock with each of the numbers 0-9. He knows the numbers 1,4,6, appears exactly once, but he does not remember the position of the numbers and he ...
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How do I teach my kid [closed]

I am struggling with teaching my 9th grade kid to solve math problems that are just outside of routine. For e.g., An example problem given by math teacher at school. x, y, z are in geometric ...
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Should a student have another chance at a math test question when they have a english problem? [closed]

A student has a english problem, should he get another chance and have another chance?
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Can we skip Newton's Method?

I am teaching an introductory calculus course for high school juniors and seniors. It is not formally described as an AP Calculus course, but it is supposed to map roughly onto Calculus AB. The ...
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Trying to explain(understand?) combinations

Let us assume that we have 30 balls( 7 green, 10 black, 13 white). I was trying to explain to someone how we count the number of possibilities of getting 3 greens, 3 black, and 3 white balls in a ...
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What are some famous problems, which are not difficult to understand, for senior high school students

I hope I am asking my question in the right forum. I am trying to introduce some mathematical problems (Better to be famous in the math community) to a group of senior high school students with a ...
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Math websites/apps for high school students

I am undergraduate math student who is interested in being a high school math teacher. I have been given an assignment to present to my class (for a total of about 20 minutes) a teaching tool or a ...
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Would the SMSG textbooks provide adequate extracurricular study?

Context: I'm a Grade 11 IBDP student and very fond of math. Assuming that I get the spare time to self-study material alongside the syllabus, I wish to spend it constructively (the only step I've ...
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Definitions of factors and terms

I have come across this question in a textbook How many factors are there in the term $5ab(x+y)$? State what they are It is being praised because it encourages thinking, which it does. However, I'm ...
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How much more skilled in the topic should you be in order to teach the topic?

For sake of argument, consider that skill of a topic is spectrum from "new and learner" to "experienced and expert." Where should you relatively be in order to teach the topic ...
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What is a good place for teachers to share self-created content?

I am a high school mathematics teacher and I regularly create problems and their solutions for my students. It has always lingered in my mind that this content can also benefit others. What would be a ...
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What are the resources to learn prerequisite knowledge to latter High school and undergrad prep textbooks?

I use textbook study and am planning on studying Spivak's Calculus, Mathematics It's Content, Methods, and Meaning, How to Prove it by Velleman, etc. However, I'm worried I lack the prerequisite ...
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Would it make sense for math courses to be pass/fail?

I have a theory that if standardized grading were abolished for a pass/fail system, people would be more mathematically competent. Bear with me here. With graded homework, especially homeworks that ...
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Is There Such Thing as Reaching Half a Standard?

I like the Common Core State Standards for Math as they focus on objectives that students need to reach. However, some standards have way too many parts for them. For instance, the standard CCSS.MATH....
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Logic and proofs in secondary school

Inspired by the question When do college students learn rigorous proofs?, I became curious when pupils in secondary schools learn about proofs, what kinds of proofs they are, how rigorously they are ...
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