Date of Award

1-1-2013

Document Type

Masters Plan B

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Science & Mathematics Teaching Center

Advisor

Associate Professor Dr. Lynne Ipina, Chair

Second Advisor

Associate Professor Dr. Scott Chamberlin, Co-Chair

Third Advisor

Associate Professor Dr. Linda Hutchison

Fourth Advisor

Assistant Professor Dr. Ana Houseal

Abstract

The purpose of the project was to review the concept and history, research, and teaching methods associated with functions and their transformations, develop a unit on transformations of functions using the Dynamic Mathematical Software Geogebra, and make recommendations about some suitable teaching methods for this subject in high school Algebra classes. In order to realize this, relevant literature was reviewed and considered for developing the functions unit. Data from a pre- and post-assessment and a district assessment was analyzed and interpreted to inform future teaching methods. Geogebra activities were used to teach transformations of functions and then evaluated to determine their effectiveness. Conclusions and recommendations for teaching the transformations of functions are offered.

Comments

Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters in Science in Natural Science/Mathematics in the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center at the University of Wyoming.

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