INTRODUCTION

High School mathematics teachers have long been aware that their students should know not only something about the development of pure mathematics but also something about its applications. Several years ago NASA, recognizing the appeal of aerospace activities, initiated and supported the development of curriculum supplements for several high school courses. Because attainments in aerospace would not be possible without mathematics, it was most appropriate that a supplementary publication dealing with space activities be prepared for teachers of mathematics.

The first mathematics curriculum supplement, "Space Mathematics, A Resource for Teachers", was published in 1972. One of the most popular and oft-requested of the supplements, the book has been unavailable for several years. This volume updates the earlier work. We hope that a new generation of students will become more interested in mathematics as the result of seeing some of its significant applications in recent and current space projects. Working problems such as those in this book should enhance both the mathematical knowledge and skills of students and their appreciation and understanding of aerospace technology and achievements .

NASA's Technical Monitor for this project was Muriel M. Thorne, Educational Programs Officer, under the general direction of William D. Nixon, Chief of Education Services, NASA.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Washington, D.C.
September 1985

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