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The mathematical common core content emphasizes understanding so that students can engage in mathematical practice. This common core content leads to rational-logical thinking where decision making is based upon analysis, computation, reasoning and an astute feel for quantities and values.
The math common core content is the precursor to 21st century thinking. It is the reliance upon rational thinking providing the fundamental basis for addressing problems and creating solutions.
Science education provides the means by which students can pursue this logical thinking and understanding in math by applying what they know, and solving problems. One of the attributes that mathematical understanding creates is an awareness of multiple methods that can be applied to a situation to gain insight and to solve problems. It is the sense that different constraints can be applied to the same problem or investigation and the outcomes achieved can still be justified.
Project-based models of learning, in the science classroom, provide the learning environment by which students can transition from understanding and knowledge into practice. Engineering-based projects require students to brainstorm, design, construct, and test and access outcomes. These learning models provide relevance to students’ effort, give students the autonomy to pursue their interests and help facilitate students’ intellectual curiosity to explore outcomes.
It is essential that students have the mathematical tools, understanding and resolve to look deeply into discovered relationships and influences as part of their scientific investigation. These relationships can ultimately be presented as mathematical functions. Scientific theories supported by experimental results can eloquently be expressed in graphical presentations and as mathematical models.