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Neighborhood Fences and Gates

Author(s): Ricardo Cortez1, Cynthia Anhalt2, Susan Staats3, Marta Civil2

1. Tulane University 2. University of Arizona 3. University of Minnesota

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This classroom modeling project targets the competency of proposing functions that meet certain properties and features, which is part of many modeling processes. It is suitable for high school or undergraduate students. Prerequisite: Algebra.

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Version 1.0 - published on 28 Jun 2018 doi:10.25334/Q4699Q - cite this


Using knowledge of functions and the properties of their graphs, students have an opportunity to propose functions, including an appropriate domain, that meet conditions that are inferred from the photographs of fences and gates in their neighborhood. This is a competency that is necessary in mathematical modeling when we select functions to fit data, for example. The activity has a cultural aspect by promoting a discussion of the purpose for having gates or fences in our homes.

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