This website demonstrates challenging middle school mathematics and emphasizes the importance of high-quality math education for all students. Cartoon characters named Polygon, Tessellation, Exponent, Tangent, and Axis illustrate the challenge features.
Each challenge features:
a description of the important math involved
a note on where the math is used in the real world
a hint to get started
a "Try This" section
additional related problems with answers
questions to think about
fun facts related to the math
resources for further exploration.
To help families support their children's math studies, Figure This! has family support materials including:
sample questions to ask teachers and administrators about the school setting
information on how to prepare students for continuing education
suggestions to help with math homework
information on the changes in mathematics education
examples of math in literature.
These resources, designed especially for families, are in the Family Corner.
Published by National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in 1999-2004