Mathematics and the Real World
Studies suggest that as children progress through school, their perception of mathematics as just an academic exercise divorced from reality increases. Thus, ensuring mathematical success for all involves connecting mathematics to real-world applications. This enables the students to learn, see, and analyze the purpose of the concepts taught.
While the concepts of Differentiation in Calculus may seem abstract, students become very excited when they can see a real-world application of the concepts especially in areas they can relate to. This week, Grade 12 students were able to practically apply the concept of Optimization in Differential Calculus to Volume of a box problem – Rectangular Base and Open Top.
The benefits of hands-on activities in teaching and learning afford students with opportunities to actively engage in the learning process and further boost their retention skills. Learning becomes even more exciting and fun.