Algebra Through Modeling

This module is designed to familiarize teachers with a new and very innovative advanced algebra course. This course presents algebra from the perspective of modeling and data analysis using the basic algebraic functions and a graphing calculator with data analysis capabilities such as those of any of the TI-83/84 family of graphing calculators including the TI-83, 83+, 83+ Silver Edition, 84+, and 84+ Silver Edition. This new approach will be useful in high school and college for students who have completed two years of algebra but are not ready for precalculus. It reviews algebra without repeating earlier course work, and it clearly demonstrates the importance of algebra to the solution of real world problems. Credit: 1 grad. sem. hr.

Common Core Standards for Mathemtical Practice that are emphasized include:

  • 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • 4. Model with mathematics.
  • 5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
  • 7. Look for and make use of structure.

Algebra through Modeling with the TI-83 family of Graphing Calculators was written by Tony Peressini and John Luker of the University of Illinois during November 1996. It was revised by Peressini and Luker during November 1997 and by Peressini and Tom Anderson in November 2003 and June 2005.

Check out some sample projects for this module in the MTL Classroom Projects to the right.