Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking with MND

Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

Scientists and engineers use mathematics and quantitative thinking to representing variables, behaviors, and their relationships. Mathematics is used to create models and simulations; statistically analyze data; and recognize, communicate, and look for relationships with other variables.

Although there are differences in how mathematics and computational thinking are applied in science and in engineering, mathematics often brings these two fields together by enabling engineers to apply the mathematical form of scientific theories and by enabling scientists to use powerful information technologies designed by engineers. Both kinds of professionals can thereby accomplish investigations and analyses and build complex models, which might otherwise be out of the question. (NRC Framework, 2012, p 65)

Data Literacy Cube
Data Literacy Cube for Analysis of Tabulated Data

Example Questions:

  1. What are the units of the data reported?
  2. What is the numerical range of the data?
  3. What is the Average? Median? Mode? How do these yield new insights into your dataset
  4. Are there any outliers? If so, what are they? Why don’t they meet your expectation?