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Teen Pregnancy: Investigating Cubic Functions
The Make It Real Learning Polynomial, Power, Logistic, Rational Functions I workbook focuses on realworld situations that may be effectively analyzed using polynomial, power, logistic, and rational functions. This book is suitable for high school or college level algebra 2 or precalculus courses.
From monitoring changes in height and weight to forecasting the population of Michigan, learners get to use mathematics in meaningful ways. Each activity integrates real world information, companies, and issues (e.g. Europe, Michigan, Social Security, teen pregnancy, gaining weight, growing money), not just "realistic" data.
There are multiple ways to use the activities of the book in a teaching environment. The activities are an excellent tool for stimulating mathematical discussions in a small group setting. Due to the challenging nature of each activity, group members are motivated to brainstorm problem solving strategies together. The interesting real world contexts motivate them to want to solve the problems. The activities may also be used for individual projects and classwide discussions.
As a readyresource for teachers, the workbook also includes completely workedout solutions for each activity. To make it easier for teachers to assess student work, the solutions are included on a duplicate copy of each activity.
Activity Title  Mathematical Objectives 

Europe Population: Using Quadratic and Cubic Models 
Determine which function type best fits a data set Use regression to find quadratic and cubic function models Graph polynomial functions Calculate first and second differences of a data set 
Female Height and Weight: Using Power Function Models 
Determine which function type best fits a scatter plot Use regression to find a power function model Convert from kilograms to pounds Convert from centimeters to inches 
Gaining Weight: Using Logistic Function Models 
Graph a logistic function Estimate an inflection point from a graph Interpret the realworld meaning of an inflection point 
Growing Your Own Money: Working with Rules of Exponents 
Multiply a number by a percent Divide one number by another Use rules of exponents to compare two exponential expressions 
Growing Your Own Money #2: Working with Rules of Exponents 
Multiply a number by a percent Divide one number by another Use rules of exponents to compare two exponential expressions 
Make It Real Learning: Working with Function Models 
Create a linear model from a verbal description Create a rational function model Evaluate linear and rational functions 
Michigan Population: Modeling with Cubic Functions 
Determine which function type best fits a data set Use regression to find a cubic function model Use a function model to forecast unknown results 
Retail Market Analysis: Working with Rational Functions 
Use regression to find a quadratic model Create a rational function Determine the practical domain for a function Evaluate a rational function at a given value 
Social Security Concerns: Using Regression and Rational Functions 
Use regression to find linear and quadratic models Create and graph a rational function model 
Teen Pregnancy: Investigating Cubic Functions 
Choose a mathematical model for a given scatter plot Use technology to find the point of intersection of two graphs Use a polynomial model to forecast unknown results 
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