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Mathematics: Modeling Our World, Course 1 (MMOW) Second Edition (Student Edition) (Print)

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Based on feedback from users of the first edition, COMAP has completed a major revision of Course 1.

Chapter 0 Pick a Winner: Decision Making in a Democracy
Chapter 1 Secret Codes and the Power of Algebra
Chapter 2 Scene From Above
Chapter 3 Prediction
Chapter 4 Animation/ Special Effects
Chapter 5 Wildlife
Chapter 6 Imperfect Testing
Chapter 7 Testing 1, 2, 3

  • Some units are completely rewritten (i.e., Pick a Winner and Landsat, which is now titled Scene from Above). Other units are streamlined while retaining the thematic, modeling approach.
  • Most units are shorter. The revised Course 1 has a total of 57 Activities' a 39% reduction from first edition's 93.
  • Each Activity and Individual Work has a clear statement of purpose in the student edition and in the teacher materials.
  • Lesson structure is more consistent than in the first edition from unit to unit.
  • Many activities are shorter than in first edition; they are designed for completion in one 45-minute class period.
  • Individual Work offers more mathematical practice problems.
  • Both quantity of reading and reading level are reduced.
  • FYI, Take Note, and Modeling Note features call attention to key facts.
  • Teacher Notes indicate which Individual Work questions are essential to future development work and which are calculator related.
  • Chapter summaries are clearer and more succinct in their review of important mathematics.

Mathematics: Modeling Our World is an integrated core curriculum for high school that is based on the premise that students learn best when they are actively involved in the process. In this program students do not first learn mathematics and then apply what they've learned. Rather, important questions about the real world come first. Students analyze situations and apply the mathematical concepts needed to solve problems. Contextual questions drive the mathematics. In each unit, students build, test, and present models that describe a real-world situation or problem, such as deciding where to build a fire station. Mathematical modeling is a central focus throughout the curriculum.

Each course covers the mathematical content found in the NCTM Standards. Each of the first three courses of Mathematics: Modeling Our World contains seven or eight units. Units are divided into four to seven lessons; each may take several days to complete. Each lesson contains a Lesson Opener, which provides the context for the lesson; Activities, which students work on in pairs or small groups using hands on mathematical investigation; and Individual Work, items that review, reinforce, extend, practice, and foreshadow concepts developed in the lesson. Course 4 is comprised of eight chapters and is intended to be a bridge between Courses 1, 2, and 3 and collegiate mathematics. The student text contains eight chapters divided into three to six lessons. Each lesson contains an activity designed for group work, expository readings, and exercises. Each chapter ends with a set of review exercises.

Assessment is an integral part of Mathematics: Modeling Our World. Both Activities and Individual Work offer embedded opportunities to assess student progress. The Teacher's Resources provide Assessment Problems for use with each unit/chapter.

The units/chapters of Mathematics: Modeling Our World begin with a real situation or problem to be solved during the course of the unit. In Courses 1, 2, and 3, a short video segment may be used to introduce the theme or problem. Students use both graphing calculators and computers extensively throughout the curriculum to assist in carrying out computations of real problems and to enhance concept development. While it is strongly recommended that students use computers with this curriculum, material is provided to teach the lessons without computers as well. However, use of the graphing calculator is essential throughout the program. Student materials for Mathematics: Modeling Our World are available in four hardcover texts, one each for each course. Teachers materials include, for Courses 1, 2, and 3, an Annotated Teacher's Edition, a Solutions Manual, and Teacher's Resources that includes additional teaching suggestions, background readings, reproducible handouts, assessment problems, supplemental activities, and transparencies.

Other materials include a video with segments for each unit and a CD-ROM with calculator and computer programs written specifically for Mathematics: Modeling Our World.

Course 1 Material
Product # and Prices:

1108 E-Course/Class Set Includes: $1000 plus free shipping
1110 Student Edition CDROM, Qty. 25
1112 Teacher's Edition CDROM, Qty. 1
1113 DVD Video, Qty. 1

1109 Print Course/Class Set Includes: $2475 plus 10% shipping
1111 Student Edition Print Text, Qty. 25
1112 Teacher's Edition CDROM, Qty. 1
1113 DVD Video, Qty. 1

Extra Course 1 Material

1110 Student Edition CDROM, $40.00 ea.
1111 Student Edition Print Text, $125.00 ea.
1112 Teacher's Edition CDROM, $88.00 ea.
1113 DVD Video, $99.00 ea.
For every 25 student editions purchased receive one free Teacher's edition CDROM and one free DVD Video.

Price: $125.00
Product Number1111
Primary LevelHigh School
Application AreasModeling
Pricing Options1-24 cost $125.00 each
25 or more $99.00 each
Format652 Page
Casebound Textbook
Format OptionsCD-Rom, USB, Webportal