id: 05534024
dt: j
an: 2009b.00412
au: Chua, Boon Liang
ti: Harry Potter and the coding of secrets.
so: Math. Teach. Middle Sch. 14, No. 2, 114-121 (2008).
py: 2008
pu: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Reston, VA
la: EN
cc: I23 D43
ut: functions; cryptography; teaching methods; literature; coding; student
motivation; comprehension
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ab: Summary: When students learn mathematics, they tend to understand and
remember the mathematical processes that they find practical and
relevant. It is not surprising then that "Principles and Standards for
School Mathematics" (NCTM 2000) encourages teachers to help students
discover the relevance of mathematics in their daily lives. To help
young people realize that mathematics is alive and constantly evolving,
it is important for teachers to share information with students about
new developments in mathematics. However, it is often difficult to find
source material that illustrates appropriate applications of
mathematical concepts. In addition, finding items that are interesting
and comprehensible to students is even harder. The topic of functions
is a case in point. Therefore, this article describes some teaching
ideas based on cryptography, a practical application of functions and
their inverses that students should be able to comprehend. (Contains 3
tables and 1 figure.) (ERIC)
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