
Mathematics of Cartography 



This lesson places mathematics in the realworld 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 712 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 online 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. 

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