Table of Contents
Maps Main Page
What are Maps?
Map History
Math Topics
Math Problems
Web Resources
Careers
Teachers' Notes
References
Other Math Lessons

Mathematics of Cartography

Teachers' Notes


This lesson places mathematics in the real-world context of cartography. It has been written to comply with the suggestions in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Principles and Standards of School Mathematics and the National Council for the Social Studies Curricular Standards.


Grade Levels

7-12

Lesson Procedures

Students will study the mathematics of maps by utilizing various online resources. The lesson is designed so that students can work independently with guidance when needed from the teacher.

Mathematics Topics

Distance, scale, coordinate systems, and projection

Connecting Mathematics

Connects math with geography, writing, history, and career information

Materials and media

None other than a computer with Internet access and graphics capabilities

Suggested Assessment

Problems are included. A mini research project could be assigned after completion of the lesson. Students would complete an on-line portfolio that includes examples of maps, a paper describing what they have learned, a biography of a mathematician who influenced cartography, etc. Be sure to have them include a bibliography of the urls they used.

Suggested Teacher Resource

Table of Contents
Maps Main Page
What are Maps?
Map History
Math Topics
Math Problems
Web Resources
Careers
Teachers' Notes
References
Other Math Lessons
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