Theme Park Tycoon -- Variables & Expressions - 21st Century Math Project

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Variables & Expressions go the Amusement Park in this engaging four assignment 21st Century Math Project designed for Algebra or Pre-Algebra. Bring variables to life using a theme park motif. From operations to admissions, variables and expressions are the backbone of this analysis.

In this 11 page PDF, you will be given a mapping to the Content Standards, an outline for how to implement the project, 4 different assignments for students to use, and an answer key.

-- In "Theme Park Tycoon", students are asked to create algebraic expressions for different sentences using the theme park variables in the chart.

-- In “Theme Park Calculations”, students will use variables to write expressions for the different situations and then use the data from the table to evaluate them.

-- In "Theme Park Code", students will have to sift through expressions. Some of these expressions are meaningless, but some do make sense. They must look at the expressions, the variables and compare the meanings. Does the meaning match the expression? If it does, students will calculate the amount using the data table.

-- In "Theme Park Proposal", students will select the most important variables and expressions the park owners should consider as they decide whether to add another roller coaster. If there are items that need to be considered that are not on the data table, add them! The park manager needs to be thoughtful in her analysis -- her bonus is on the line!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Interpret expressions that represent a quantity in terms of its context.
Use variables to represent quantities in a real-world or mathematical problem, and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning about the quantities.
Use variables to represent numbers and write expressions when solving a real-world or mathematical problem; understand that a variable can represent an unknown number, or, depending on the purpose at hand, any number in a specified set.
Evaluate expressions at specific values of their variables. Include expressions that arise from formulas used in real-world problems. Perform arithmetic operations, including those involving whole-number exponents, in the conventional order when there are no parentheses to specify a particular order (Order of Operations). For example, use the formulas V = s³ and A = 6 s² to find the volume and surface area of a cube with sides of length s = 1/2.
Identify parts of an expression using mathematical terms (sum, term, product, factor, quotient, coefficient); view one or more parts of an expression as a single entity. For example, describe the expression 2 (8 + 7) as a product of two factors; view (8 + 7) as both a single entity and a sum of two terms.


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