Ch 9: MTEL Math: Origins of Math

About This Chapter

Look over this chapter to review the origins and development of mathematics. These lessons will teach you the history of math in preparation for the MTEL Math exam.

MTEL Math: Origins of Math - Chapter Summary

This chapter seeks to help you prepare for the MTEL Math exam through providing a detailed account of significant aspects of the history of mathematics. Topics these lessons will address include:

  • Standard computational algorithms, their origins and development
  • Babylonian-Sumer Method as one of the first algorithms
  • Numeration systems and properties of the Babylonians, Egyptians, and other ancient civilizations
  • Alexandrian Hellenistic philosophers including Archimedes, Ptolemy, and Euclid

These lessons are available to you as both brief video lessons and full transcripts, enabling you to process the content at your own pace. Short self-assessments are available with each lesson, and there is also a cumulative multiple-choice exam to help you gauge your knowledge level upon completion of the chapter.

MTEL Math: Origins of Math - Chapter Objectives

As a step towards acquiring your license to teach mathematics courses in Massachusetts, the MTEL Math exam assesses your knowledge of various aspects of math. The test is comprised of 100 multiple-choice questions and 2 open-response items, all spread over several different content categories. On the exam, 14-16 of the multiple-choice questions focus on your knowledge of numbers and operations, including the origins of math and algorithms.

Reviewing the content of these lessons should develop your understanding of significant aspects of the origins and development of math to help prepare you for any related questions the exam may ask you. Taking the lesson quizzes and chapter exam will also help you practice answering multiple-choice questions just as you will on the MTEL Math exam itself.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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