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National Council of Teachers of Mathematics National Math Standards Addressed by the Martian Aerial Reconnaissance Simulation


Understand patterns, relations, and functions.

  • Identify functions as linear or nonlinear and contrast their properties from tables, graphs, or equations.


Represent and analyze mathematical situations and structures using algebraic symbols.

  • Develop an initial conceptual understanding of different uses of variables.

  • Use symbolic algebra to represent situations and to solve problems, especially those that involve linear relationships.


Analyze change in various contexts.

  • Use graphs to analyze the nature of changes in quantities in linear relationships.


Use visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling to solve problems.

  • Recognize and apply geometric ideas and relationships in areas outside the mathematics classroom, such as art, science, and everyday life.


Apply appropriate techniques, tools, and formulas to determine measurements.

  • Select and apply techniques and tools to accurately find length, area, volume, and angle measures to appropriate levels of precision.

  • Develop and use formulas to determine the circumference of circles and the area of triangles, parallelograms, trapezoids, and circles and develop strategies to find the area of more complex shapes.

  • Solve simple problems involving rates and derived measurements for such attributes as velocity and density.


Solve problems that arise in mathematics and in other contexts.


Recognize and apply mathematics in contexts outside of mathematics.

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