# CONNECTIONS [CN]

Quotes

(The Alberta 10-12 Mathematics Program of Studies with Achievement Indicators 2008, Alberta Education)

*"When mathematical ideas are connected to each other or to real-world phenomena, students begin to view mathematics as useful, relevant and integrated." (*pg. 7)

*"The brain is constantly looking for and making connections."* (pg. 7)

## Thoughts on Connections

Connections consists of two main parts:

- Connections between mathematical ideas.
*(Mathematical Flow)* - Connections to real world applications.
*(Authentic Tasks)*

**Connections between mathematical ideas.**

The following examples show attempts at connecting mathematical ideas...

**Adding & Subtracting Polynomials ***(use other concepts to show the idea of adding items of similar size / combining like terms)*

**Area Model for Multiplication ***(Connect Basic Numerical Multiplication to Polynomial Multiplication)*

**Connections to real world applications.**

**M30-3 Purchase a Vehicle Project**

**M30-3/M20-2 Probability & Games **(Dice Games: Settlers of Catan or Pig)

- Play games to collect experimental probability for the sum of two dice and then compare to theoretical probability.

- Discuss how understanding probabilities can help when making decisions.