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What is Mathematical Modeling

Handbook of Research on Driving STEM Learning With Educational Technologies
Cycle that relates real world problems with mathematics models used or created by students.
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Teachers and Mathematical Modeling: What Are the Challenges?
Samantha Analuz Quiroz Rivera (Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico) and Ruth Rodríguez Gallegos (Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2026-9.ch003
Mathematics cannot be reduced to the use of algorithms. The main objective of teaching mathematics in school is their application in real world situations. Mathematical modeling was born as an answer of this concerned and implies the relation between mathematics and applications. Because of that, teachers need to be correctly training in the use of mathematical modeling in their daily lesson plans. The aim of this study is to propose a methodology for help teachers purchase mathematical modeling as a strategy to teach mathematics. Our methodology is based on the analysis of teachers' conceptions about learning and teaching mathematics and after that promote their evolution. The main characteristic is the collaborative work between teachers and the researcher in cycles of discussion and classes' implementation. The evidence showed that teachers can actually change their conceptions about what is needed for teaching mathematics and design lesson plans using mathematical modeling.
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Didactic Sequences Teaching Mathematics for Engineers With Focus on Differential Equations
A process that gives a result to a representation of a physical phenomenon using mathematics.
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Network Modelling on Tropical Diseases vs. Climate Change
Converting real life situations into mathematical concepts and symbols and thereby converting real life problems into mathematical problems.
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A Mathematical Model to Plan the Adoption of EHR Systems
Description of a system using mathematical concepts and language.
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