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Learning Standards for Mathematics

Mathematical Reasoning Number and Numeration
1. Students use mathematical reasoning to analyze
mathematical situations, make conjectures, gather
evidence, and construct an argument.

Students:
• construct simple logical arguments.
• follow and judge the validity of logical arguments.
• use symbolic logic in the construction of valid
arguments.
• construct proofs based on deductive reasoning
.

This is evident, for example, when students:

  prove that an altitude of an isosceles triangle, drawn to the
base, is perpendicular to that base.
  determine whether or not a given logical sentence is a tautology.
  show that the triangle having vertex coordinates of (0,6), (0,0),
and (5,0) is a right triangle.
2. Students use number sense and numeration to
develop an understanding of the multiple uses of numbers
in the real world, the use of numbers to communicate
mathematically, and the use of numbers in the
development of mathematical ideas.

Students:
• understand and use rational and irrational numbers.
• recognize the order of the real numbers.
• apply the properties of the real numbers to various
subsets of numbers.


This is evident, for example, when students:

  determine from the discriminate of a quadratic equation
whether the roots are rational or irrational.
  give rational approximations of irrational numbers to a specific
degree of accuracy.
  determine for which value of x the expression
is undefined.

Sample Problems

Key ideas are identified by numbers (1).
Performance indicators are identified by bullets (•).
Sample tasks are identified by triangles ().

Students will understand mathematics and become mathematically confident by
communicating and reasoning mathematically, by applying mathematics in
real-world settings, and by solving problems through the integrated study of
number systems, geometry, algebra, data analysis, probability, and trigonometry

Operations Modeling/Multiple
Representation
3. Students use mathematical operations and
relationships among them to understand mathematics.

Students:
use addition , subtraction, multiplication, division, and
exponentiation with real numbers and algebraic
expressions.
• develop an understanding of and use the composition of
functions and transformations.
• explore and use negative exponents on integers and
algebraic expressions .
• use field properties to justify mathematical procedures.
• use transformations on figures and functions in the
coordinate plane.


This is evident, for example, when students:

determine the coordinates of triangle A(2,5), B(9,8), and C(3,6)
after a translation (x,y) (x + 3, y - 1).
  evaluate the binary operation defined as
x * y = x2 + (y + x)2 for 3 * 4.
  identify the field properties used in solving the equation
2(x - 5) + 3 = x + 7.
4. Students use mathematical modeling/multiple
representation to provide a means of presenting,
interpreting, communicating, and connecting
mathematical information and relationships.

Students:
• represent problem situations symbolically by using
algebraic expressions, sequences, tree diagrams,
geometric figures, and graphs.
• manipulate symbolic representations to explore concepts
at an abstract level.
• choose appropriate representations to facilitate the
solving of a problem.
• use learning technologies to make and verify geometric
conjectures .
• justify the procedures for basic geometric constructions.
• investigate transformations in the coordinate plane.
• develop meaning for basic conic sections.
• develop and apply the concept of basic loci to compound
loci.
• use graphing utilities to create and explore geometric
and algebraic models.
• model real-world problems with systems of equations and
inequalities.


This is evident, for example, when students:

  determine the locus of points equidistant from two parallel lines.
  explain why the basic construction of bisecting a line is valid .
  describe the various conics produced when the equation
ax2 + by2 = c2 is graphed for various values of a, b, and c.
 

Sample Problems

  Used with the permission of
New Standards, copyright 1995.

 

Measurement Uncertainty
5. Students use measurement in both metric and
English measure to provide a major link between the
abstractions of mathematics and the real world in
order to describe and compare objects and data.

Students:
• derive and apply formulas to find measures such as
length, area, volume, weight, time, and angle in real-world
contexts.
• choose the appropriate tools for measurement.
• use dimensional analysis techniques.
• use statistical methods including measures of central
tendency to describe and compare data.
• use trigonometry as a method to measure indirectly.
• apply proportions to scale drawings, computer-assisted
design blueprints, and direct variation in order to
compute indirect measurements.
• relate absolute value, distance between two points, and
the slope of a line to the coordinate plane.
• understand error in measurement and its consequence
on subsequent calculations.
• use geometric relationships in relevant measurement
problems involving geometric concepts.


This is evident, for example, when students:

  change mph to ft/sec.
  use the tangent ratio to determine the height of a tree.
  determine the distance between two points in the coordinate
plane.
6. Students use ideas of uncertainty to illustrate that
mathematics involves more than exactness when
dealing with everyday situations.

Students:
• judge the reasonableness of results obtained from
applications in algebra, geometry, trigonometry,
probability, and statistics.
• judge the reasonableness of a graph produced by a
calculator or computer .
• use experimental or theoretical probability to represent
and solve problems involving uncertainty.
• use the concept of random variable in computing
probabilities.
• determine probabilities using permutations and
combinations
.

This is evident, for example, when students:


construct a tree diagram or sample space for a compound event .
calculate the probability of winning the New York State Lottery.
develop simulations for probability problems for which they do
not have theoretical solutions.
 

Sample Problems


Used with the permission of New Standards, copyright 1995.

 

Key ideas are identified by numbers (1).
Performance indicators are identified by bullets (•).
Sample tasks are identified by triangles ().

Students will understand mathematics and become mathematically confident by
communicating and reasoning mathematically, by applying mathematics in
real-world settings, and by solving problems through the integrated study of
number systems, geometry, algebra, data analysis, probability, and trigonometry.

Patterns/Functions

7. Students use patterns and functions to develop
mathematical power , appreciate the true beauty of
mathematics, and construct generalizations that
describe patterns simply and efficiently.

Students:
• use function vocabulary and notation.
• represent and analyze functions using verbal
descriptions, tables, equations, and graphs.
• translate among the verbal descriptions, tables,
equations and graphic forms of functions.
• analyze the effect of parametric changes on the graphs of
functions.
• apply linear, exponential, and quadratic functions in the
solution of problems.
• apply and interpret transformations to functions.
• model real-world situations with the appropriate
function.
• apply axiomatic structure to algebra and geometry.
• use computers and graphing calculators to analyze
mathematical phenomena.


This is evident, for example, when students:

  determine, in more than one way, whether or not a specific
relation is a function.
  explain the relationship between the roots of a quadratic
equation and the intercepts of its corresponding graph.
  use transformations to determine the inverse of a function.

Sample Problem

Used with the permission of
New Standards, copyright 1995.

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