Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Primary/Elementary Teacher becoming a Mathematics Teacher

  1. Jul 30, 2015 #1
    So the title sums up who I am right now.
    I've been a primary teacher for a few years and I am taking a few years off to be the stay at home dad and I thought I'd retrain to become a high school mathematics teacher.

    Successfully made it through the first semester and I'm now half way through the second and calculus is really stretching my brain.
  2. jcsd
  3. Jul 30, 2015 #2
    Welcome. If you are going to teach high school math, you gotta know calculus. This is the course you are preparing all those students for in Algebra 1, etc.

    When am I ever gonna need this?

    When you get to Calculus!

    I recommend a year of College Physics also to understand what those high school math students will be doing downstream.
  4. Jul 30, 2015 #3


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    Maybe the real maths people will complain, but in physics calculus has only 3 ideas (everything else is a variation of these):

    1) velocity = distance/time ie. rate of change is the slope of the distance-time graph (differentiation)

    2) distance = velocity X time ie. distance is the area under the velocity-time graph (summation = integration)

    3) As is obvious from above, integration is the inverse of differentiation, since differentiation of distance gives velocity, while integration of velocity gives distance (fundamental theorem of calculus)
  5. Jul 30, 2015 #4


    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    Welcome mattyk,

    Despite what you may see written here at times, we ask that members use correct English, gotta and gonna are not actual English words, they are slang.

    For example

Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook