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# Using language, symbols and texts

## What this looks like in mathematics and statistics

Students use the symbols and conventions of mathematics and statistics to make connections between different representations (tables, graphs, diagrams, equations).

Examples of ways students use language, symbols and texts in mathematics and statistics:

- Students use the language of algebra to communicate and reason.
- Students use symbols and diagrams to solve problems.
- Students use statistical language to pose questions and communicate findings.
- Students interpret and communicate mathematical and statistical information and ideas, they know and use specialised vocabulary, as well as their own language, to explain ideas.
- Students use ICT appropriately. They capture their thought processes, recording and communicating mathematical ideas.
- Students interpret word problems and visual representations.

### Specific activities

- Finding the equation of a given graph:

- Given the perimeter, find the maximum area of a rectangle:

- Students use starters like 'I wonder… I notice…'

- Activity: Cell phone pricing plans
- Activity: Forensic formulas
- Activity: How does your cell phone measure up?
- Activity: Measuring with digital pictures
- Activity: 100m sprint times
- Activity: Straight line pictures
- Activity: Coffee costs
- Activity: Cool coffee
- Activity: Skid marks
- Activity: Big Bang Theory – Exact values
- Activity: Big Bang Theory – Fractals and complex numbers
- Activity: Big Bang Theory – The sweet spot and conics
- Activity: Linking integration and differentiation
- Activity: 28 Days later – Zombies
- Activity: I am just not fast enough
- Activity: Lateness – choice or chance
- Activity: Tell me how risky

### Further information

Last updated September 24, 2013