Searching for Oil: The Role of Science and Technology
11 Common Themes
For Grades: 9-12
Learning Goal 1a
A mathematical model uses rules and relationships to describe and predict objects and events in the real world.
Learning Goal 1b
A mathematical model may give insight about how something really works or may fit observations very well without any intuitive meaning.
Learning Goal 2
Computers have greatly improved the power and use of mathematical models by performing computations that are very long, very complicated, or repetitive. Therefore, computers can reveal the consequences of applying complex rules or of changing the rules. The graphic capabilities of computers make them useful in the design and simulated testing of devices and structures and in the simulation of complicated processes.