# Meaningful Real World Mathematics: Creating Well-Contextualized Activities for College Algebra

## Location

SU-216

## Department

Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies

## Abstract

In K-12 classrooms, there has been a push for the use of real world examples in mathematics. Well-contextualized real world applications have the potential to increase the relevancy of mathematics, to motivate mathematical concepts, and to invite new mathematical questions. However, real world problems used in mathematics curricula can often be contrived, lack mathematical sophistication, or require specialist background knowledge. Over the course of the 2023-2024 academic year, I have worked with Prof. Matthew Graham to create learning modules for the College Algebra course at NEIU that are rooted in meaningful applications of mathematics in real life. In this presentation, I will detail both the challenges that arose in the course of writing these lessons and the successes that we encountered. Drawing from this experience, I will also reflect on considerations on if and how this work could be extended.

## Faculty Sponsor

Matthew Graham

Meaningful Real World Mathematics: Creating Well-Contextualized Activities for College Algebra

SU-216

In K-12 classrooms, there has been a push for the use of real world examples in mathematics. Well-contextualized real world applications have the potential to increase the relevancy of mathematics, to motivate mathematical concepts, and to invite new mathematical questions. However, real world problems used in mathematics curricula can often be contrived, lack mathematical sophistication, or require specialist background knowledge. Over the course of the 2023-2024 academic year, I have worked with Prof. Matthew Graham to create learning modules for the College Algebra course at NEIU that are rooted in meaningful applications of mathematics in real life. In this presentation, I will detail both the challenges that arose in the course of writing these lessons and the successes that we encountered. Drawing from this experience, I will also reflect on considerations on if and how this work could be extended.