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Interactive Approach

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How does IMP differ from traditional high school math courses?

Conceptual Understanding:

The IMP curriculum challenges students to actively explore open-ended situations, in a way that closely resembles the inquiry method used by mathematicians and scientists in their work. While the traditional curriculum emphasizes rote learning of isolated mathematical skills, IMP calls on students to experiment with examples, look for and articulate patterns, and make, test, and prove conjectures.

Updated Mathematics:

IMP integrates algebra, geometry, and trigonometry with the additional topics recommended by the national reports, using calculator and computer technology to enhance student understanding.

Problem-Based Units:

The IMP curriculum is problem-based, consisting of five- to eight-week units bound into a single textbook. The units are each organized around a central problem or theme. Motivated by this central focus, students solve a variety of smaller problems, both routine and non-routine, that develop the underlying skills and concepts needed to solve the central problem in that unit.