Working with Matrices

Rows and rows of data may look overwhelming, but they are actually very helpful. A math lesson introduces matrices as a way to store and display data. Pupils take gathered data and organize it in a matrix, so they can easily access it before presenting the matrices to the rest of the class. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use as an introduction to matrices
  • Have class members explore how the matrices would change if the data was multiplied by a given factor
Classroom Considerations

  • Collect charts of data prior to the lesson
  • The eighth of 10 lessons that connect mathematics with careers
Pros

  • Includes information about careers that work with data
  • The activity is open-ended which allows for creativity
Cons

  • Data links are not current
Common Core