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High School

What is Math Modeling? It's a Noun! It's a Verb! It's a Mindset???

Author: Chris Arney, Amanda Beecher, and Jessica Libertini


In order to teach modeling well, we need to understand what it is. The GAIMME Report stresses that modeling is a process, but historically, this topic was often presented as a library of models. In this article, we will explore some of the discussion around the definition of mathematical modeling and the evolution of the term through the framework of a popular meme:

• Tired: Math Modeling is a noun.

• Wired: Math Modeling is a verb.

• Inspired: Math Modeling is a mindset!

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Application Areas:

  • Modeling

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