This is a sexy topic: mathematical modeling. Don’t worry, though, this screencast is safe for all ages! In this introduction to math models, I illustrate how to use a TI-84 graphing calculator to find a linear regression model for a given set of data; what direct, inverse, and joint variation mean, and how to apply them to some simple examples. The hardest part of this type of problem is translating from the English to mathematical equations. Once you understand the key terms, everything falls into place.

# Mathematical Modeling

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