Why Were Logarithms Developed?

Show your class how people calculated complex math problems in the old days. Scholars take a trip back to the days without calculators in the 15th installment of a 35-part module. They use logarithms to determine products of numbers and learn why logarithms were developed in the first place.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners research mathematicians involved in logarithm development
Classroom Considerations

  • The class will likely need instruction on how to read logarithm tables
  • Pupils need to know how to solve polynomial equations, with a particular emphasis on quadratics

  • Resource includes printable logarithm tables
  • Teacher guide contains notes on where to look for evidence of mathematical practices

  • None
Common Core