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Functions and Algorithms

This session, the third one in the Annenberg series "Patterns, Functions, and Algebra", enables the teacher to investigate algorithms and functions. Topics covered include the importance of doing and undoing in mathematics, determining when a process can or cannot be undone, using function machines to picture and undo algorithms, and recognizing that functions produce unique outputs. The session includes sequentially organized problems, video viewing, interactive activities, readings, and homework. The materials may be used on your own, in a study group, or as a facilitated online course for graduate credit, which is offered at a reasonable cost.
Contributed by: Annenberg Learner - Editor, WGBH Educational Foundation - Publisher
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
CCSS Practice Standard 7This collection supports teachers as they integrate Practice Standard 7 into their classroom routines. In these articles and videos, teachers will see strategies that help guide students to look for and make use of structure as they discover and understand mathematical concepts. Additional resources for immediate use in the classroom can be found in a companion classroom collection.
Math TopicAlgebraic Thinking, Discrete Mathematics, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level5, 6+
Resource TypeCourse, Video

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education TopicTeacher content knowledge
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentYes
    • ContributorAnnenberg Learner - Editor, WGBH Educational Foundation - Publisher
    • Publication Date2002
    • RightsCopyright (c) 2012 Annenberg Foundation
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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