When Will I Ever Use Math?

MathematicsNo matter what subject we face, the FLVS Curriculum Development team strives to connect complex concepts with everyday examples to motivate student learning.

This commitment to real-world connections is particularly helpful for anyone who has ever struggled with math.

What may have felt like a boring lesson in the past is now power-packed with exciting FLVS approaches to mathematical concepts!

Every click in an FLVS mathematics course answers the question, “When am I ever gonna use this?”

Real-world Applications

MJ Grade 7 Mathematics explores percentages in an engaging way. Students are invited to follow the storylines of three gamers who make video game purchases with store loyalty card discounts.

FLVS Math Course

Learners must calculate total savings and determine which character saves the most as the gamers go shopping.  Discounts can be misleading if you don’t pay attention to the fine print, and shopping is about as real world as it gets!

FLVS MJ Grade 7 Math

Authentic Assessments

Algebra 1, as a graduation requirement for all Florida students, offers many authentic assessments, including one allowing students to play the role of a scientist who analyzes the life expectancy of women in the United States. Data are displayed in a scatter plot with a line of best fit, and students use critical thinking skills to evaluate what they see and what it means. Students can use the information they have collected and analyzed to predict outcomes.  That’s definitely Algebra for use in the real world!

Scatter Plots

What’s Next?

Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics will be the newest FLVS math course in the 2017-18 school year, and we’re excited to give you a sneak peek into some of its real-world features.  From the very first lesson, we encourage statistics students to gather, arrange, analyze, and interpret data in meaningful ways.  By connecting students to topics such as social media, curves on tests, prices of used cars, and even salaries for particular careers, learners are inspired to explore statistics in practical ways they can use in their life.   (And we do a fine job of preparing them to sit for the AP Statistics examination, too!)

FLVS Math Screen 1

Making math calculations is just the first step.  Good math courses teach you to examine the numbers and ask yourself more questions to help you make good life decisions.  This lesson from AP Statistics helps students evaluate a job offer.  We don’t want to spoil the answer for anyone who will be taking the course with us in the coming year, but let’s just say there’s more to this offer than meets the eye!

FLVS Math Screen 2

Life is full of math.  It faces you with time, with money, with claims you may hear in commercials or on the news, and with the myriad decisions you make just getting through each day.  FLVS is all about making sure you can see the math in your world and helping you figure out how to use it on your path to success!

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