Volume one of two publications produced by the Spode Group with the aim of providing a useful set of examples that are convincing applications of mathematics and applications which can be taught in schools.
This volume contains case studies with three distinct components: problem statement, teaching notes and possible solutions.
Volume 1 case studies:
The World Record for the Mile - fitting data to a straight line
To Buy or Rent a Television - using formulae and percentage
To Meter or Not - using formulae
Handicapping Weightlifters - drawing graphs from data
Medicine Doses - using ratio to calculate medicine doses
Marketing a New Bicycle - using formulae, graphs and differentiation
Industrial Location - covering inequalities, summation and game theory
Stock Control - solving equations, graphs, differentiation
Stocking Magazines - using game theory
The Problem to Eclipse all problems - using standard form and similar triangles to predict a solar eclipse
Forecasting Inflation - investigating trends to generated by the retail price index
Sickle Cell Anaemia - use of probability and tree diagrams
One Track Mind - using logic and graphs to calculate the position of passing places
Population Prediction - analysing and interpreting data
Modelling a Shot Putt - using projectile formulae
Solving Real Problems with Mathematics Volume 2 can be accessed from here.