### Description

The Mathematical Modeling Performance Task Guide introduces the steps to developing a mathematical model that presents real world, empirical data to support understanding and analysis, and to justifying the use of this model as appropriate within the problem context.

Creating and using models is fundamental to the study of mathematics. While mathematical models are often simple, the process of developing even basic models requires a great deal of thought and understanding, calling on both algorithms and hueristics. Mathematical modeling is a powerful performance task because it has applications not only in math, but across all the STEM subjects.

## Explore Mathematical Modeling

**What is the Mathematical Modeling?**

Develop a clear enough understanding of the characteristics of mathematical modeling to be able to explain your understanding to others.

### Common Core Standards

- CCSS.MP.4

### Time To Complete

## Choose A Topic (Mathematical Modeling)

**What makes for an effective topic? **

Identify a topic that you either feel strongly about or wonder about.

### Common Core Standards

- CCSS.MP.5
- CCSS.MP.4

### Time To Complete

## Ask Your Authentic Guiding Questions

**What questions will guide my work?**

Learn to uncover your authentic guiding questions.

### Common Core Standards

- CCSS.MP.4

### Time To Complete

## Research The Issue (Mathematical Modeling)

**What do people know, say, and believe about this issue?**

Find and analyze resources that will help you grasp the topic’s key concepts, in addition to deepening your understanding of the range of perspectives about the issue.

### Common Core Standards

- CCSS.MP.5
- CCSS.MP.4

### Time To Complete

## Find or Gather Numerical Data (Mathematical Modeling)

**What data can I find or gather about my topic?**

Find or gather data that will help you grasp the topic’s key concepts.

In some cases, the relevant data for this task will be supplied to students. If the data is not supplied, students will locate numerical data that they can use to address the research topic. The...

### Common Core Standards

- CCSS.MP.5
- CCSS.MP.4
- CCSS.MP.2

### Time To Complete

## Analyze The Numerical Data (Mathematical Modeling)

**What does the numerical data reveal about my topic?**

Think about the story the data has to tell.

### Common Core Standards

- CCSS.MP.5
- CCSS.MP.6
- CCSS.MP.2

### Time To Complete

## Work With Numerical Data In A Spreadsheet (Mathematical Modeling)

**How do I use a spreadsheet to manipulate, analyze, and represent numerical data?**

Develop a clear enough understanding of a spreadsheet program to enter data, perform basic calculations using functions, sort data, and create pictorial representations to export into another document.

### Common Core Standards

- CCSS.MP.5
- CCSS.MP.6
- CCSS.MP.2

### Time To Complete

## Model The Data Using Mathematical Representations

**What are various ways to represent numerical data?**

Develop a clear enough understanding of numerical data and how it is presented to be able to identify and explain various ways sets of numbers are presented visually and how visual representations are used to tell a story about the numbers.

### Common Core Standards

- CCSS.MP.5
- CCSS.MP.6
- CCSS.MP.4
- CCSS.MP.2

### Time To Complete

## Articulate Why The Mathematical Model Is Effective (Mathematical Modeling)

**What makes my mathematical model effective?**

Provide evidence and reasoning to convince others that your model is effective.

### Common Core Standards

- CCSS.MP.4
- CCSS.MP.2
- CCSS.MP.3

### Time To Complete

## Take A Position (Mathematical Modeling)

**What do I have to say about my topic? **

Consider the research you have undertaken and the data you gathered, using it to inform the crafting of a main idea, a thesis, or an evidence-based position to focus your work.

### Common Core Standards

- CCSS.MP.4
- CCSS.MP.3

### Time To Complete

## Give And Receive Feedback (Mathematical Modeling)

**How can I improve my work?**

Strengthen your work by giving and receiving feedback from a peer or teacher.

### Common Core Standards

- CCSS.MP.6
- CCSS.MP.3

### Time To Complete

## Revise (Mathematical Modeling)

**How can I improve my draft?**

Using feedback from a peer and/or teacher, strengthen your draft by ensuring your facts and details are relevant, your organization is clear, and your use of voice is strong and appropriate to the audience.

### Common Core Standards

- CCSS.MP.5
- CCSS.MP.6

### Time To Complete

## Edit (Mathematical Modeling)

**How can I improve my draft?**

Using feedback from a peer and/or teacher, strengthen your writing with a focus on conventions such as grammar and professional language.

### Common Core Standards

- CCSS.MP.5
- CCSS.MP.6