Historically, mathematicians spent time writing math processes to be able to communicate their mathematical theories to the general public. The importance of mathematical writing was that it had to clearly communicate complex understandings to the wider community.
Nowadays, in real life contexts, mathematical writing enables us to understand the real world as it provides substantial evidence to create laws or to invest in projects, along with a multitude of other applications. Without the ability to clearly communicate mathematical findings, it would be difficult to empower politicians and investment holders to make the correct choices.
At Northbridge, the math department reinforces the importance for students to learn how to accurately and effectively communicate mathematical reasoning through their academic writing reports. This is demonstrated through MYP Criteria C & D tasks and in DP Math Exploration papers. Below are a few of the upcoming mathematical reports that are being written by Northbridge students.
In Grade 9, math students explore the financial banking system around the world, in their upcoming unit on exponential expressions. Their Criteria C & D tasks asks students to investigate current savings rates in banks around the world and explore annuities, as well as simple and compound interest formulas. These are valuable real life contexts that they will apply when they move into the work force and start to save money.