Rationale: People use numbers to quantify, describe, and label things in the world around them. It is important to know the many uses of numbers and various ways of representing them. Number sense is a matter of necessity, not only in one's occupation but also in the conduct of daily life, such as shopping, cooking, planning a budget, or analyzing information reported in the media. When computing, an educated person needs to know which operations (e.g., addition, multiplication), which procedures (e.g., mental techniques, algorithms), or which technological aids (e.g., calculator, spreadsheet) are appropriate.
From: Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Mathematics http://dpi.state.wi.us/standards/matintro.html
Three related content areas are numeration, the real number system and number theory. According to the PRAXIS II Study Guide, these content areas account for 50% of the mathematics component of the Middle School Content Examination and includes the following topics.
To review these mathematical concepts, visit the five submodules listed below:
The real number system includes both rational and irrational numbers. To learn more about the Real Number System, select the appropriate tutorial.
Aligned with the standard algorithms for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, this module examines some of the alternative ways for working with rational numbers.
Decimals are a way to represent rational numbers (fractions) and are a natural extension of our place-value system.
Ratios are one number expressed in relation to another by dividing the one number by the other. Proportions are special kinds of ratios where the denominator is the total while the numerator is a sub part of the total. Rates are a special form of a ratio which represents the probability of a certain event.
You may view the full text for Module I and print resources pertaining to these topics.