Learning List has reviewed Savvas’s Using & Understanding Mathematics: A Quantitative Reasoning Approach. This comprehensive product supports instruction in Texas’ Advanced Quantitative Reasoning (AQR) high school courses. Content is available in print and eBook formats and includes a variety of resources housed in Savvas’s “MyLab™ Math” online platform. Instruction emphasizes the importance of quantitative reasoning skills in real-world contexts and the practical applications of skills.
Using & Understanding Mathematics begins with a Prologue that discusses how knowledge of mathematics is important in life and careers and seeks to dispel negative attitudes about mathematics (e.g., “Math is irrelevant to my life.”). Core content is presented in twelve chapters that address the relevance of mathematics in everyday contexts. Some chapter titles include “Managing Money,” “Modeling Our World,” and “Mathematics and Politics.” [Read More…]
The text includes features that help students understand the real-world applications of concepts. For example, “Think About” questions require students to consider how what they are learning relates to common problems, such as finding a balance between work and study needs. “In Your World” articles describe how mathematics evolved and its connection to everyday activities. Some In Your World articles have related videos that students access using an eBook link.
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