WHAT WILL MATHEMATICAL LITERACY LEARNERS LEARN? Learners of Mathematical Literacy will learn how to: y Use a basic calculator. y Perform basic arithmetical operations. y Work with relationships between arithmetical operations. y Work with simple formulae, including formulae for: y perimeter; area and volume; and y speed; and time. y Estimate and check estimates against the situation. y Work with and apply the concepts: y ratio/proportion and percentage and y rate. y Determine input and output values for formulae (solve equations). y Determine and plot the points for different graphs. y Interpret information and trends communicated through graphs. y Measure lengths, distances, volumes and mass (weight). y Convert between units of measurement. y Draw and interpret scale drawings. y Use grids, scales and maps. y Collect information to answer questions. y Organise data using tallies and tables. y Summarise data using the measures: y mean, median and mode. y Represent data using various data graphs, including pie charts, histograms and bar graphs. y List the possible outcomes of an event. y Estimate the likelihood of different outcomes. y Critique interpretations of data. y Formulate questions. y Round up, round down and round off. y Describe trends. y Work with linear and constant relationships. y Distinguish between piecewise and continuous relationships. y Read and interpret information presented in tables. y Anticipate the impact of interest.

So that they are able to: y Plan personal finances including: y understanding income and expenditure to plan a basic budget y recognising the impact of interest rates. y Calculate profit margins, loss and breakeven points in simple transactions. y Plan and schedule events to meet deadlines and demands. y Make sense of utility costs such as water, electricity, sewerage and rates. y Develop a business plan. y Choose between different options based on their value for money. y Critique articles and advertisements in the media based on data and illustrated through graphs. y Make lifestyle choices, such as the food they should eat in relation to the energy they use in their day-to-day lives. y Calculate and interpret health indicators, such as Body Mass index (BMI). y Plan for the repayment of a loan and anticipate associated bank costs. y Sort and classify items according to criteria. y Read maps to plan trips. y Read and develop plans for simple structures. y Understand the role and purpose of the gears on a bicycle. y Calculate the time it takes to complete a journey. y Convert between currencies. y Anticipate which seats in the stadium will give the best view of the game. y Predict all the possible outcomes of a sports tournament and anticipate the most likely winner. y Understand that games of chance have no patterns. y Develop arguments based on facts and the interpretations of facts. y Use resources in economical and responsible ways.

Teacher Guide: Mathematical Literacy - January 2006 1

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