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Measurement of steepness: Grasping the slippery slope

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Duncan, E, Measurement of steepness: Grasping the slippery slope, Mathematics: Launching Futures - Proceedings of the 24th Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc. (AAMT), 10-13 July 2013, Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 78-84. ISBN 978-1-875900-76-3 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Abstract

The measurement of steepness draws content from both the number and algebra strand, and the measurement and geometry strand of The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics. When students are asked to use their own methods to measure the steepness of the ground, the task also incorporates understanding, reasoning, fluency, and problem solving. Activities involving the measurement of steepness provide valuable opportunities for students in middle school mathematics classes to learn about slope as a ratio. This concept is important for both further studies in algebra and understanding measurements used in the building and transport industries.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and Pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and Learning
Objective Field:Learner and Learning Achievement
Author:Duncan, E (Mr Bruce Duncan)
ID Code:85619
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-07-24
Last Modified:2014-08-22
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