
05834595
a
2011a.00897
\"Arleb\"ack, Jonas Bergman
Bergsten, Christer
On the use of realistic Fermi problems in introducing mathematical modelling in upper secondary mathematics.
Lesh, Richard (ed.) et al., Modeling students' mathematical modeling competencies. ICTMA 13. Proceedings of the 13th international conference on the teaching of mathematical modelling and applications, July 2226, 2007. London: Springer (ISBN 9781441905604/hbk; 9781441905611/ebook). 597609 (2010).
2010
London: Springer
EN
M14
D54
mathematical modeling
problem posing
openended problems
upper secondary
doi:10.1007/9781441905611_52
Summary: This paper reports a study investigating potential uses of Fermi problems to introduce mathematical modelling to Swedish upper secondary school students. The work of three groups of students is analysed using an analytic tool referred to as the ``modelling activity diagram", adapted and developed by the author. It was observed that the processes involved in a mathematical modelling cycle were richly represented in groups' solution. The students also frequently used their personal extramathematical knowledge in the solving process in three different ways: a creative, a verifying and a social way.